The Hudson Review

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 4, Winter

Comment: Letter from Prague
Dear H,Prague has adopted Franz Kafka as its favorite literary son. Though experts on Bohemian taste will tell you that Karel Capek remains nearest and dearest to Czech readers, in Prague the modern writer who is most visible is the one who rendered...
Crisis in Europe
IMy learning curve was steep. When I look back, it's as if one day the whole business wasn't even on my radar screen, and the next day I understood that it was the most important issue of our time.It happened in Amsterdam, a city I flipped for in 1997...
Domesticated Violence
WHEN WE GO TO A NEW FILM MADE BY A DIRECTOR who has had a long career, we take considerable baggage with us. A first film or even a second film is one kind of experience; I can't fix a number at which we change to another experience, but we don't arrive...
Dryden Rules
Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to joinThe varying verse, the full resounding line,The long majestick march, and energy divine.-Pope, "Epistle to Augustus"Writing to Philip Larkin more than sixty years ago, Kingsley Amis delivered one of his frequent...
Gallery Chronicle
THE NEW YORK FALL ART SEASON STARTED WITH A ROAR as dozens of Chelsea exhibitions opened the same Thursday night in September. Streets and galleries were equally jammed with trendy New Yorkers, shaven-headed Europeans, relentlessly fashionable Asians,...
Histories and Mysteries
Histories and MysteriesTo sing of wars, of captains, and of kings,Of cities founded, commonwealths begun,For my mean pen are too superior things: ;Or how they all, or each, their dates have run;Let poets and historians set these forth,My obscure lines...
History Plays
THE MENTION OF FRIEDRICH SCHILLER'S NAME raises yawns not only from most English-speaking readers and audience members but even from many German ones. Schiller is the only major playwright who was also a professor (at the University of Jena, where he...
Music Chronicle
NOW IN HIS NINETY-FIRST YEAR, GEORGE PERLE has had a long and distinguished career as composer, author, teacher and modernist with a difference. Last year friends and colleagues gathered in Merkin Hall in New York to pay tribute to him with an evening...
One, Many, Two
ONCE, NEAR THE START OF HIS CAREER with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Robert Cohan told Graham that he couldn't go on stage yet; he didn't know how to dance. "Darling," Graham reassured him, "there is only one place you learn how to dance and that...
Poetry and Painting: Two Exhibitions in Honor of Yves Bonnefoy
Poetry and Painting: Two Exhibitions in Honor of Yves BonnefoyFROM APRIL TO JULY 2005, THE FRENCH CITY OF TOURS honored its native son, the poet Yves Bonnefoy, with two exhibitions of paintings related to his work: the first was devoted to books he has...
Psychological Impact
"Psychologically impacted" means the effect of certain circumstances surrounding real estate ... (1) The fact that an occupant of real property is, or was at any time suspected to be, infected with the human immunodeficiency syndrome . . . , or (2) the...
Rumor
I'm not making this up.I heard of a girl once caught it clear across a banquet halljust from listening to the confections of some confabulator-well, he was quite a talker-and like the champagne,the more she imbibed the more she frotheduntil she was so...
Some Refrigerator Talk about Alfred Hitchcock
Some Refrigerator Talk About Alfred HitchcockWHEN FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT BEGAN HIS MARATHON INTERVIEW with Alfred Hitchcock in the summer of 1962, he expected to encounter an elusive and calculating man, secretive about his art and himself. Instead he found...
Textual Pleasures and Pet Peeves
Textual Pleasures and Pet PeevesNever read any book that is not a year old.-Ralph Waldo EmersonOOPS.Book reviewers can't take that advice, for better or worse. We are among the first to read lots of books that certainly won't stand the test of time-many...
The Inner Drama of James Wright
The Inner Drama of James WrightJAMES WEIGHT'S LETTERS HIDE NOTHING OF HIS INTERIOR CONFLICT between a hope for beauty and terror of disintegration. A new selection of them also dramatizes a problem in American poetry-the conflict between what had come...
Variations on a Theme by Lady Suwo
Pillowed on your armonly for the dream of a spring night,I have become the subject of gossip,although nothing happened.Pillowed on your dream,I come and go all spring,taking pleasure in gossipas if nothing happened.Pillowed on my arm,I confide only in...