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The Misunderstood Poem

“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.

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Merl Reagle, Rest In Peace.

Merl Reagle

Merl Reagle

Sadly, news came in just after we had just completed the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, that celebrated crossword constructor Merl Reagle had died. Resplendent with a crossword puzzle decorated tie, Merl joined our program on a couple of occasions. Merl Reagle was a quick-witted, charming, erudite man and one of our most popular guests. Always accompanied by his wonderful wife, Marie Haley, together they made impressive team, able to syndicate and make a full-time living from constructing crossword puzzles.

In 2006, he was featured in a documentary, Wordplay, that focused on the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, for which he was a judge and commentator. After the documentary came out, James L. Brooks, the main producer on The Simpsons, saw it and liked it enough to create an episode of the cartoon featuring Merl.

Merl Reagle was hospitalized, this past Thursday with acute pancreatitis. He died Saturday morning in a Tampa hospital. He was 65. It was our honor to have been able to spend time with Merl and his wife. Our sincerest condolences to Marie Haley and Merl‘s family.

Language Edition Podcast available now…with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Merl Reagle and Professor Philip Lieberman!

A bumper-packed show on Language with legendary rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot, renowned crossword constructor Merl Reagle and leading authority on the study of Language, Professor Philip Lieberman. Plus this weeks Hit That Never Was, featuring Richard Strange and “International Language of the World”. Check out the Podcast now and send us your feedback to: normanb@lifeelsewhere.co

Epic show this morning!

If you weren’t able to catch the stellar show this morning. The podcast is now available under the “shows” tab. We had guests Merle Reagle, Michael Sharp, John Chew and Robert Klitzman M.D. all as living proof of the complexities of the human brain! If you missed the show, you can also feel free to check out our live Twitter feed @NormanBRadio. We had a lot of listener input today! Keep the e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages coming! We are already preparing next week’s show…..and it’s going to be WILD.