In 1968, when an interviewer asked Jorge Luis Borges what he thought of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, the great explorer of the literary labyrinth responded, "Who is he?" Portugal, alas, is one of the most overlooked outposts of Europe. The North's snobbery towards the South is one of the caus
It makes sense that Robert Wilson comes from Texas. Sure, his theatrical productions are firmly grounded in the interdisciplinary avant-garde, but they also have much in common with that four-hour dustbowl epic of 1950s cinema, "Giant." His works are massive and rangy, ghost towns under a slow heat a
Oh, plagued no more with Human or Divine,
To-morrow's tangle to itself resign,
And lose your fingers in the tresses of
The Cypress-slender Minister of Wine.
The work of Omar al-Khayyam makes it pretty clear that Middle Eastern scholars were light-years ahead of their European counterparts durin