December 31, 2013

It’s been quite a year for Shakespeare. I haven’t had a year like this for a long time, perhaps never. I’ve seen 6 different Shakespeare performances, with the accent on ‘different’. I started in April with Hamlet, starring Paul Giamatti at the Yale Rep. I thought he was a little old for the part, and…

December 15, 2013

Flavorwire, as regular readers know, is one of my favorite websites, where I’ve been known to spend too much time (thought because it’s about all things literary, artistic etc I don’t feel too guilty). Recently, Jason Diamond, one of their writers,  came up with The 25 Best Sites for Literature Lovers. I expected that I’d…

March 12, 2013

Andrew Kaufmann of the Guardian newspaper in London has an interesting POV. He thinks that instead of criticizing new words in the language and trying to squash them, we should be welcoming and even encouraging them.  He has a point. There’s nothing more aging than constantly saying “why can’t people talk properly, the way they…