The Berkeley Beacon

Blake Campbell

Arts Columnist

Campbell can be reached at blake_campbell@emerson.edu.


Articles

The pleasures of difficult literature

The most pleasurable reading experience in my recent memory was when, for the third time, I pored over the entirety of “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction,” one of Wallace Stevens’ major long poems

The Splendor of Hart Crane's Poetry

Several months ago, I visited the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. It was a hot day in early summer, and I was sleep-deprived, tired from walking, and a little anxious about the prospect of navigating New York City alone.

Solitude and the American writer

Blake Campell tackles the question on all WLP's minds: MFA or NYC?

The poem as a sonic experience

Literary columnist Blake Campbell offers a case for the importance of not just reading poetry, but hearing it.

Sylvia Plath's Ariel: An appreciation

Columnist Blake Campbell remembers poet Sylvia Plath, her work, and her legacy.

My favorite literary Twitter feeds of 2013

Columnist Blake Campbell writes about his favorite literary Twitter feeds of 2013.

Self-indulgence and the literature of the internet

Columnist Blake Campbell offers his opinion how the internet is affecting literature, focusing on blogger and poet Megan Boyle.

The lost world of horror master Richard Laymon

Columnist Blake Campbell gets in the Halloween spirit as he writes about a long underrated horror writer, Richard Laymon.

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Birds, words, & finding literature in unexpected places

Columnist Blake Campbell discusses the art of field guides.

In defense of first-year writing classes

Arts columnist Blake Campbell comes to the defense of the often criticized first-year writing classes.

Literature in the age of distraction

Writing longhand was not an arbitrary decision. For some time, I’ve been thinking critically about how much our age’s proliferation of technology has encumbered writers and readers.

The dangers of leading a literary life

It’s easy to understand how our lives influence the art we produce and the way we look at other’s art (I’ve heard the mantra “write what you know” more times at Emerson than I can count) but the inverse of that — how art influences our lives — is something I hear talked about much less frequently.

The other L in WLP

Young writers often take the mechanics of their craft for granted — I know I do.

Literary idols on Twitter

Caitlín R. Kiernan, a Providence-based writer of Lovecraftian horror and science fiction, blogs regularly on LiveJournal, documenting her progress on various projects and offering her opinions on movies, music, and literature. Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tweets links to helpful writing advice pages and thought-provoking opinion pieces on contemporary works of literature. Horror writer Joe Hill recently tweeted his invigorating experience of finishing Moby Dick.

Fiction & imagination

Certainly, such a story isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “literary fiction,” and I was a little shocked to find it in one of the country’s premier literary magazines.

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Album Review: Sudden Myth by Jake Sorgen

Layered and experimental, Jake Sorgen’s new album Sudden Myth offers an intriguing flavor of folk.

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A haunting ride along Spoon River

Shakespeare Society’s production of Spoon River, which ran last weekend in the Piano Row Multipurpose Room, held spectators spellbound with a series of monologues that form a haunting commentary on small town life.

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Subverting norms with Zanna, Don’t

Football players are shy, awkward, and misunderstood by the student body. Chess players are egged on by hoots and hollers from the crowd. Homosexuality is the norm, heterosexuality is unacceptable, and love is always in the air. This is Heartsville High, the quirky setting of Zanna, Don’t!: A Musical Fairy Tale.

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Stroopwafel alleviates midterm stress

In the Piano Row Multipurpose Room on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Emerson comedy troupe Stroopwafel, provided a much-needed escape from the stress of midterms with their audience-driven brand of improvisational humor. Sharp, witty, and fun, their first show of the semester electrified the audience.

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Review: Joseph Freeman's The Space EP is intergalactic treat

Loaded with good-natured camp and nostalgia, Joseph Freeman’s The Space EP is a brief but captivating journey through the tropes and traditions of classic science fiction

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The Proposed Posed Poes

Last Thursday, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston held Poe’s 203rd birthday celebration at the Boston Public Library and detailed plans for the construction of a memorial at Boylston and Charles streets.

Cheap thrills swallow The Thing's originality

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