Ages of Ignorance

Dear Charles Simic,I've just read your piece "Age of Ignorance" in The New York Review of Books. My wife says it sounds a lot like me--arrogant, that is. She's right. And I do agree with much of what you say, and could easily find myself saying much the same thing. I count myself as a … Continue reading Ages of Ignorance

On the Border

Is Brokeback Mountain a Western? Nah. It’s set in the west, certainly, and its characters are part of “cowboy” life and culture—but it’s not a Western. That is, it does not reflect the cultural needs and divides that provide the dynamic behind the Western. Instead, it’s an indictment of one culture by another, the country … Continue reading On the Border