Category Archives: John Ashbery

The Time John Ashbery Did a “Screen Test” for Andy Warhol

Over the last several weeks since John Ashbery passed away, we have seen a flood of moving tributes, memorials, personal memoirs, and re-assessments, including even some reflections on the poet “in all his hunky glory,” as the title of a surprising … Continue reading

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Remembering John Ashbery (1927-2017)

This past Sunday, September 3, brought the very sad news that John Ashbery had passed away at the age of 90.  Ashbery has long been regarded as the greatest and most influential living American poet, so it is not surprising … Continue reading

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The Picture of Little J.A.: A New Biography of the Young John Ashbery

  Karin Roffman’s new book, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life — the highly anticipated, first full-fledged biography of Ashbery — was recently published, and my review of the book appeared in the New York Times Book Review several days ago. … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Birthday to John Ashbery!

Today is the 90th birthday of John Ashbery, who was born on July 27, 1928.  At LitHub, Adam Fitzgerald and Emily Skillings have “invited 90 of his dearest friends, collaborators, and admirers to pick a favorite line from his vast … Continue reading

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Visit John Ashbery’s Nest, Virtually

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention paid to John Ashbery’s unusual and beautiful house in Hudson, New York, and its relationship to his poetry and aesthetics.  I’ve written about this before on a number … Continue reading

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Young John Ashbery on Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “It’s Dirty!”

      The past couple of years, I’ve had a mini-tradition of posting something about the New York School poets and Ulysses on each Bloomsday — as you can see in these posts about Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler. … Continue reading

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Andrew Sean Greer’s “It’s a Summer’s Day” and Echoes of Frank O’Hara

                        In this week’s New Yorker, there is a story by Andrew Sean Greer which quietly takes its title from a poem by Frank O’Hara.  Oddly enough, this isn’t … Continue reading

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