From the NY Times Urban Eye email newsletter:
Stop all the clocks: today would’ve been W. H. Auden’s 100th birthday, and the Poetry Society of America has organized a celebratory reading with Francine Prose, Michael Cunningham and Katha Pollitt, among others. It’s worth remembering that the British-born poet adopted our fair city and even, in his famous experiment in communal living with Carson McCullers, Gypsy Rose Lee, Benjamin Britten, and Jane and Paul Bowles, turned himself into the consummate control-freak New Yorker. “He issued chore lists, meal schedules and budgets, not to mention rules for dinner-table conversation.” Can you imagine the Craigslist haikus that would’ve inspired?HERE is a link to an in-depth NY Times story on Auden's NYC residence in Brooklyn.
7 p.m., Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 Seventh Street at Third Avenue, East Village, (212) 353-4195; free.
Today's media enclosure is courtesy of Salon.com's article on W.H. Auden.