“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” One hundred years after its first publication in August 1915, Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken is so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget that it is, in fact, a poem. Yet poetry it is, and Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. And yet in spite of this devotion, almost everyone gets the poem hopelessly wrong. David Orr is the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review and Professor of the Practice at Cornell University, his new book,The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong dives directly into the controversy, illuminating the poem’s enduring greatness while revealing its mystifying contradictions. Orr presents a fresh take on what many may consider a hi-brow topic, with a healthy dose of pop culture and smart observations. David Orr explains to Norman B the poem’s enduring greatness, while revealing its mystifying contradictions.
Also in the program, Michael Sharp, aka Rex Parker, is the man behind the popular crossword puzzle blog, “Rex Parker Does the NY Times Crossword Puzzle.” gives a moving tribute to the crossword master, Merl Reagle, who sadly died suddenly, one week ago. Plus Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, and recovery advocate Paul Williams, and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson enthusiastically talk about their book, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. And, to round out the show, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Department Of Eagles with No One Does It Like You from their 2008 release In Ear Park.