The trailer is out for The Tree of Life director Terrence Malick’s latest project, To the Wonder. The film, which stars Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko, will be released in 2013.
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While East Coasters are still dealing with the wrath of Hurricane Irene, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passed yesterday. NPR has a timely interview with host Michel Martin, musician Irvin Mayfield and Keith Spera, author of Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal and the Music of New Orleans. Likewise, Rivka Galchen's 2009 Harper's essay "Disaster Aversion" bears re-reading.
Though traditionally a cultural staple, Irish poetry's popularity has been on the decline for some time now. The best way to reignite public interest? A contest, of course, and Seamus Heaney just won. His sonnet "When all the others were away at Mass" was voted "Ireland’s best-loved poem written over the past 100 years."