Tag: Harold Bloom

  • Music is Religious Experience in Apparition of the Eternal Church

    When I got in touch with Paul Festa to find out if I might take a look at his 2006 film, Apparition of the Eternal Church, in which a group of people listen to a piece of organ music by Olivier Messiaen and describe their reaction, I introduced myself as a film critic first and […]

  • The Ugly Stick

    Umberto Eco is 75 and has entered the autumnal stage of intellectual renown when publishers sell his books with his name rather than his actual writing. He is not yet the factory of anthologies that Harold Bloom has become. But like On Beauty, Eco’s previous well-packaged venture into aesthetics, much of On Ugliness is a […]

  • Yale’s Fab Four

    October 21, 1981 A local wit once told me that New Haven was the American capital of two isms; literary criticism and transvestism. As a Yale grad student, I saw daily proof of the first, but the second was a puzzle. America’s top transvestites, I was told, flocked to New Haven to stay at a […]

  • New York in Bed

    For a long time I would go to bed early. Sometimes, the candle barely out, my eyes closed so quickly that I did not have time to tell myself: I’m quoting Proust. That’s because I had taken Ambien, which is like a magician in a long black cloak with a violet silk lining, because Ambien […]

  • Faith Some More

    The bedfellowship of drama and religion began with the Greeks when Iocasta and Oedipus angered the gods, continued with the Elizabethans in biblical stagings, and remains espoused today. For this unique event benefiting the Classic Stage Company, one of our great literary critics, Harold Bloom, who teaches us how to read and why and defends […]

  • Assassins and Romance

    Shakespeare may be remembered for his great lines, but it’s the characters that make us want to revisit his plays. If the matter were simply quotations, a Bartlett’s would satisfy in place of an evening out. Maybe this is why Harold Bloom’s Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and not Frank Kermode’s Shakespeare’s Language, has […]