Ben Jonson may be the most famous person to use the shortened version of his given name professionally. It is for hackneyed notes and anecdotes like these that the playwright, poet, and actor is now primarily known.
Evidently, it is really difficult to be a dramatist and poet if you lived
Alexander Pope now seems, like John Donne, one of the more modern – that is to say, imprecisely: human – of 18th-century poets: his writings are inflected with the stuff of his life, his preoccupations and surroundings, physical and intellectual; his life as he lived and considered it is evident
Bolano’s works are a wash of multiplicities. Art and literature are woven into crime and atrocity; literary culture is a whore to its own vainity; vanity is a strung out pimp in the middle of a thunderstorm; the story of person a: poet, custodian, radical transvestite briefly intersects with and is