English makes us consider what it looks like from the other side of our native tongue; from the outside looking in.
Book Review: Victorian Fairy Tales—Sprites Against Realism
What seems to animate many of the fairy tales is a heady freedom from the constraints of realism.
Book Review: The Remarkable Life of Storm Jameson — Attention Tenderly Paid
After reading this scholarly and accessible biography, I am convinced that Storm Jameson’s life is a must for anyone fascinated by the history of women writers in the 20th century.
Theater Review: Ayckbourn’s Comedy of Desire
Boredom is the root of all evil . . . The influence that it exerts is altogether magical, except that it is not the influence of attraction, but of repulsion. — Søren Kierkegaard, “Either/Or” Private Fears in Public Places by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by David J. Miller. Set design by Miller. Staged by the Zeitgeist […]
Theater Review: Stuck on “The Coast of Utopia”
Not every critic is inspired by British playwright Tom Stoppard’s epic, Tony award-winning trilogy about the trials and tribulations of the 19th century Russian radical Alexander Herzen. Download the podcast By Bill Marx I had high expectations for Tom Stoppard’s labor of love, but walked away from his bloated homage to the great Russian journalist […]