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VQR's four-star G.I. journal

Now that the “surge” is “working,” there appears to be a surge of disinterest in (or outright indifference to) the war in Iraq. Well, leave it to The Virginia Quarterly Review—which, as regular readers know, takes flying leaps beyond the usual literary journal parameters—to get the lump back in your throat, and, if you’re so […]

When melody and tone attack

When melody and tone attack

Being a classical music fan in the 21st century isn’t so much culturally rewarding as it is a ton of fun. The reasons are like four interconnected movements of a fine symphony: 1) The boundless richness and relevance of great works by great 17th- through 19th-century composers, and the whole world of their lesser-known works […]

Got parka?

Got parka?

Am I allowed to say “ass”? Too late. At least I have no trepidation about saying “freezing,” “my” and “off.”  Destination:Chicago in FebruaryLocation: The brittle shores of Lake MichiganDistance from Charlottesville:741 miles Chicago Office of Tourism:cityofchicago.orgArt Institute of Chicago: artic.eduNavy Pier: navypier.comOrchestra Hall: cso.orgChicago blues clubs: http://center stage.net/music/clubs/styles/blues.htmlChicago Architecture Foundation: architecture.org Those four words came […]

VQR writers on the outside, looking in

VQR writers on the outside, looking in

The key word is “special.” Perhaps the American Society of Magazine Editors’ recent decision to honor The Virginia Quarterly Review’s fall 2007 special issue on South America will in the future inspire editor Ted Genoways to put together more than the journal’s usual share of special issues. Already, the summer 2008 edition can almost be […]

Half-court press

Half-court press

When it was established that The Dell, the courts next to Ruffner Hall at UVA, won Best Place For Pick-Up Basketball, C-VILLE dispatched four staffers to the scene on a Wednesday evening in July to check it out. The four were wily veterans Brendan “Danny-Ainge-But-Taller” Fitzgerald, Will “Kevin McHale-But-Shorter” Goldsmith, Jayson “Jo Jo White” Whitehead […]

Nights in Satin

Nights in Satin

Needled by the thorns of flowery 19th century poetry and its grip on the first years of the 20th century, Ezra Pound made a now-famous pronouncement: “Poetry should be at least as well written as prose.” The monster that this concept inadvertently spawned is in some ways a friendly monster. There are plenty of contemporary […]

The white stuff

The white stuff

As you’ve probably heard, it’s a fast-paced world out there. So when we came up with the category Best Place To Run In For Milk, we pictured, in addition to actual running, a stopwatch. Granted, there may have been other considerations on readers’ minds when they voted for winner Harris Teeter, such as the pristine […]

The Washington Post gives some (more) love to the Downtown Mall

The Washington Post gives some (more) love to the Downtown Mall

In the latest chapter in The Washington Post’s fascination with Charlottesville and the Downtown Mall, tomorrow’s edition will contain a piece, already available online, that’s a veritable paean to the beloved heart of our city. After lauding city planners for their vision back in 1976 (but without mentioning the years it took for the Mall to catch on with businesses and residents)

I Am My Own Wife

Anticipating a one-person show—even if it’s Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, I Am My Own Wife—isn’t an altogether pleasant experience. It’s just so hard to believe that a single actor can strike up the whole band, so to speak, let alone make resonant music. Visions of Jerry Seinfeld with no Jason Alexander […]

City of Angels

Gentlemen and ladies, open your programs: The 34-year tradition of summer theater at UVA is back after a hiatus last year due to construction of the Arts Grounds Parking Garage. One thing has changed: The somewhat stuffy name “Heritage Repertory Theatre” is now the more festive “Heritage Theatre Festival.”

The Beard of Avon

The Beard of Avon

Live Arts’ latest offering is a vigorous and charming production of Amy Freed’s mess of a comedy about the Shakespeare authorship question, The Beard of Avon.

All That Mighty Heart

All That Mighty Heart

To that inevitable social gathering/getting-to-know-one-another question, “What do you do?” Lisa Russ Spaar has more than one answer at her disposal. “I’m an English professor at UVA,” is a sure-fire choice. And here’s a good backup: “I’m a poet.” Not too many people find that vocation odd these days. But let’s hope that at least […]

May 08: Notes and light

May 08: Notes and light

Laura Mulligan Thomas, director of the acclaimed Charlottesville High School Orchestra since 1982, moved with her family to a new house in 1999. Its biggest selling point: a living room that easily doubles as a music space. It’s big enough for a string quartet, and has plenty of room for a piano, as well as […]

Another deanship filled

Another deanship filled

The new dean announcements are coming fast and furiously from UVA. In late April, it was the much anticipated new head of Arts & Sciences, Meredith Jung-En Woo, and now it’s Dorrie K. Fontaine, who has been appointed dean of the School of Nursing. University President John Casteen made the announcement last Friday afternoon in […]

The Virginia Quarterly Review

Oh my, what a shock for literary snobs to behold a comic book image on the cover of the new issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review. Regular readers of the journal know, however, that one of the features of Ted Genoways’ editorship is frequent nods to the art of the graphic novel and all its […]