March 30, 2012
In its March 9 NB column, the Times Literary Supplement offered its own unofficial nomination for the 2012 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year — Parlor Ponds: The Cultural Work of the American Home Aquarium, 1850 – 1970 by Judith Hamera. TLS (subscription required) found this title more enigmatic than several actual shortlisted titles, including A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two and The Mushroom in Christian Art. The winner of the Diagram Prize was announced this morning in the Guardian.
March 29, 2012
Adrienne Rich, a major poet and essayist whose work was instrumental in shaping the women’s movement, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. The winner of numerous awards, including the National Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Rich published more than thirty volumes of poetry and prose throughout her career. Of Rich, The New Yorker writes: “She was an explorer, ‘diving into the wreck,’ as the title of one of her most famous poems has it, to help us find what is naked and unencumbered in ourselves: ‘the wreck and not the [...]