A Different Stripe: How an “ordinary Missouri... →
nyrbclassics: ‘Stoner is magic,’ said Oscar van Gelderen, publisher of Lebowski, which published the Dutch edition in 2012 and now has over 100,000 copies in print. Currently, it’s the #1 bestseller in the Netherlands, where it’s been near the top of the charts for weeks. It was one of…
Shakespeare's First Hamlet →
“The death of Richard Burbage in 1619 caused a minor scandal. So lavish was the outpouring of grief that it threatened to overshadow official mourning for Queen Anne who had died a few days before.”
It was as if someone had opened the doors of space and time for him. There was...– Monsieur Hire’s false respite, in Georges Simenon’s The Engagement. Movie adaptation, here. (via smalldemonsblog)
To Dickens on His 200th Birthday
My boyfriend gave me Charles Dickens by Michael Slater this weekend. The first thing I did was check the index for Henry James. There was one entry and in following it up I found that a young James wrote a negative review (which, Slater notes, Dickens probably never read) in The Nation for Our Mutual Friend. I was also interested to read that there was a woman in Covent Garden who inspired Miss...
La Scène: Los Angeles 2012
From exquisite chamber music to classical theatre, there’s so much to do in L.A. this year. I can hardly wait… Hamlet 2012 from the Independent Shakespeare Co. Gopnik Lecture: Winter Scenes (The Getty) Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy Los Angeles Philharmonic: Bach: St John Passion Noises Within 2012 Season (Antony and Cleopatra, The Illusion, and Moliere’s The Bungler) Los Angeles...
Walking in London with Dickens
I’m currently reading Our Mutual Friend for the first time. Yesterday, the description of an early spring in London perfectly captured the bitter cold I experienced when living there from December through May three years ago. One is compelled to walk in London, and even more so when living with a misanthropic companion, as I was then. So I walked, tramping across icy grass and winding around...
If you find yourself reading Chaucer for more than four hours seek immediate...– Legal disclaimer to a hypothetical Super Bowl ad for the Norton Anthologies (via wwnorton)
Dickens On Shares
The mature young lady is a lady of property. The mature young gentleman is a gentleman of property. He invests his property. He goes, in a condescending amateurish way, into the City, attends meetings of Directors, and has to do with traffic in Shares. As is well known to the wise in their generation, traffic in Shares is the one thing to have to do with in this world. Have no antecedents, no...
Once I finish my two research papers (due on the 9th), I’ll finally have time to listen to these podcasts/radio programs: Jeeves and Wooster on Radio 4 Borges on Verse Samuel Johnson Lectures via The Huntington