Archive for October, 2009 Article on Whitman’s Levi’s Commercial What goes around comes around!’s Seth Stevenson has a regular column that basically reviews consumer advertisements, primarily commercials. In his newest column he just so happens to review the Levi’s commercials that use Walt’s poems (America and Pioneers! O Pioneers!) that we talked about at the beginning of the semester. Stevenson generally loves […]

Walt and the Centennial Exhibition

Walt Whitman and the Centennial Exhibition  America does not repel the past or what it has produced under its forms or amid other politics or the idea of castes or the old religions. . . .  -Walt Whitman, Preface to Leaves of Grass  Walt originally wrote Song of the Exposition for the Annual Exhibition of […]

Walt’s fingerprints

One of my favorite musicians is a fellow named Conor Oberst. One of his big claims to fame is his band Bright Eyes, a fantasic, folky, acoustic-with-a-twang-of-electric-guitar band. I’m a huge fan of the guy’s lyrics, even if his voice isn’t exactly opera-worthy (though I’d argue that’s not the point). But anyway, he has this […]

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