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Thanks, David. Wonderful piece on a great poem. If the poem didn't get Marvell laid after his coy mistress read it, there's no hope for poetry.
The Red Scare The Hogs The Groundhogs The Feral Boars The Skintones The Skinflints The Skinheads The Skinetics The Schematics The Agenda The Scenarios The Swampoodles The Spoiler Alerts The Federal Bureau of Devastation The Gridiron Protection Agency The Known Unknowns The Nattering Nabobs The Blowbacks
Thank you, Bill. My fees for re-using the speech are quite reasonable.
Yes! Stealthy & revealing.
Excellent interview. And I strongly second Bill Knott's take on DL's poetry.
Thanks, Eamonn. Good to hear from you, as always.
Thank you, Earle, for your typically generous reaction.
Dear Ms. Campbell: yes, we did, and will continue to, have a good time.
Dear Michael: I really don't know. When Iona contacted me, I asked if they had really vetted me to their complete satisfaction. They said: yes. But I must say that everyone connected to the event was warm & gracious. The invitation may go back to the 2007 reading that Bill Nevins, Angelo Verga, and I did on campus, which seemed to make a good impression. I was very sad to learn at the commencement that Tom Pendleton & Peter Chedda, both of whom were at the '07 event, have recently passed away.
Tom---They're all just aspirational, my friend, but #3 is definitely the one I've come closest to mastering.
Dear DL: Yes--"What the Flick?" is part of The Young Turks growing empire of internet-based programming. Ben was the original co-host, with Cenk Uygur, of TYT, and still appears in many of the shows. I'm a long-time TYT member and enthusiast (mostly for the political commentary). Here's a recent show on "Mad Men":
How out of character---you're usually so good at taking advice.
Tom--Thanks. Our friend Helen who have enjoyed this turn of events, I hope.
The fire that breaks from thee then, a billion Times told lovelier, more dangerous, Mr. O'Keefe!Or maybe it was only a million. I can't remember.
Dear DL & AG: Your dialogues on "Mad Men" are better than the show itself. You should co-star with Ben Mankiewicz on "What the Flick." I basically like "Mad Men," though I often find the dialogue stilted, with non-sequitur pile-ups abounding. But your illuminating discussions make me like it better.
Thanks, Abbie. I did not know there was an NPR commencement speech archive. I watched parts of a couple of speeches on YouTube when I was first asked to take on this task, but quickly decided to avoid them all, so as to not be overly influenced by other approaches.
Thanks, Aram. As a fan of yours, I greatly appreciate your comment.
Your presence in the house for this speech made a tremendous difference to me. I was hoping you would dig it.