Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:53 am
Christian Wiman has "a cancer that is as rare as it is unpredictable." A poet and the former editor of Poetry, Wiman has found himself, when overwhelmed by the painful disease and pain-inducing treatments, praying not to God or for language to express his condition, but to the pain itself: "That it ease up ever so little, that it let me breathe. That it not — but I know it will — get worse."
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:56 pm
On an April day in Washington that felt more like a dog day in August due to temperatures spiking into the 90s, the heat on Capitol Hill wasn't just thermal but political.
There was very visible political heat in the form of thousands of people who came to march on and rally in front of Congress as part of their push for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
There was also heat in the form of activity and rhetoric on gun control and the federal budget.
And we have the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor. We're celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. Poems at 140 characters or less that you send us on Twitter.
Today's poem comes from Chris Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He writes and tweets under the name Boinkaz. Our series curator Holly Bass says she likes this one because it reminds her of her first trip to Istanbul, Turkey earlier this year. Here's the tweet.
The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:54 pm
In its first three weeks in Mexican movie houses, the film Nosotros Los Nobles (We Are the Nobles) is breaking records. The movie, about the father of rich, spoiled children trying to teach them how to live in the real world, has grossed more than $110 million and has been seen by more than two million Mexicans. At this rate the movie is on course to overtake Mexico's previously number one (non-animated) grossing movie The Crimes of Father Amaro.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:39 pm
Uruguay's congress has approved a law that legalizes gay marriage. Once President José Mujica signs it into law, as is expected, the country will join Argentina as the only other Latin American country to legalize gay marriage.
"'I agree that family is the basis of society but I also believe that love is the basis of family. And love is neither homosexual nor heterosexual,' said opposition lawmaker Fernando Amado of the center-right Colorado Party.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:50 pm
MTV says it won't air the second season of the reality show Buckwild following the death earlier this month of one of its stars.
As we've reported, Buckwild star Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle and a friend were found dead April 1 inside their vehicle in a wooded area near Sissonville, W.Va., about 15 miles from Charleston. The cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The Gandees were buried Sunday in Charleston.