Why I Write Sonnets: An Apologia

The sonneteer is the wedding singer of modern poetry: a member of the bride’s party by way of technicality, he is never embraced and rarely photographed. More entertainer than poet, more trickster than artisan, he welcomes the casual onlooker and –in a supreme affront to the “vitality” of the art– will don a bright red nose and big floppy rhymes to provoke a laugh. Freed of the prerogatives of the…

N&R looks to break tradition with Web changes

In probably the biggest break from tradition, the paper may solicit content from readers, asking them to write their own stories about topics that interest them, whether it be a Scout leader writing about a volunteer activity his scouts undertook or a local politician writing an alternative story about a government program the paper’s reporters have already covered. That breaks the traditional model where newspaper reporters and editors serve as…