- Elizabeth Alexander’s inauguration poem, “Prose Song,” hasn’t won many accolades. But her publisher is betting that it will still sell well: Graywolf Press is rushing out a printing of 100,000 copies.
- Many people believe — no, make that ardently hope — that Barack Obama will be “an arts president.” But the inaugural music from composer John Williams wasn’t exactly for the ages. Or maybe it was better than that. In any event, there’s already a new musical about him, Obama on My Mind, set to open in London in March