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Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde! October 16, 2013: In honor of Oscar Wilde's birthday, 159 years ago today, were sharing a hilarious PolicyMic post comparing the Irish poet and prose master to Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess of Grantham. See if you can tell who said: "I have plenty of friends I don't like." "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence [...] by

A Wilde and Whitman One Night Stand? September 18, 2013: The Toast recently posted an enthusiastic piece about the possibility of an Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman, er, close encounter: Because mine is an evil and a petty mind, suitable more to wallowing in the sordid sexual goings-on of literary giants than in reading their work, I take every opportunity I can to inform people who may not [...] by

The Tyranny of Relevance (and Greatness) November 12, 2010: Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng takes on the question of poetry's relevance in The Independent, making a case that a "vacuous, objective" application of relevance doesn't hold up when "great poems transcend time." The problem emerges however, when the term “relevance” is misused, especially when referring to the arts. In this guise, it takes on an [...] by