OK, I got all kindsa things to say about this picture. 1] Spoiler Alert! Henry V dies! But an even bolder choice on the part of the BBC production was to open the play with a sequence from King Henry’s funeral, thus making the whole of the action a flashback–brilliant. 2] Seeing Tom Hiddleston playing […]
Meet Lauren Fox, author of at least 2 novels and this brilliant short story that I stumbled upon on Salon.com the other day: http://www.salon.com/2012/09/08/fiction_ongry_by_lauren_fox/ Now here’s a huuuuuge stretch–Lauren gets to be Brit of the Day by virtue of being married to a guy from Dublin. I know that’s beyond suspect as Britishness goes, but […]
This is fantasy casting from a fellow Tumblrite. I’m not completely convinced that it shouldn’t be the other way around.
I’ve been reading Albert Speer’s lengthy autobiography “Inside the Third Reich.” One thing that makes the book tolerable [I’m not a big fan of books by crooks] is that Speer is no apologist–he may not have been a sycophant to the extent of some of the others in Hitler’s entourage, but he freely admits that […]
Cassandra Austen was Jane Austen’s sister, and I made her acquaintance through the wonderfully disturbing movie ‘Miss Austen Regrets.’ Here is Cassandra’s rendering of Henry IV for her sister’s manuscript “The History of England.” If you are wondering why Prince Hal’s dad looks so ill-suited for life in the 14th century, read on– The two […]
Tom Hiddleston from BBC’s ‘The Hollow Crown’. “I feel like one who has suddenly awakened out of a feverish delirium, or like a shipwrecked man who has for many days battled with the waves that momentarily threatened to devour him and finally has found a safe shore.” –Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, […]
I just finished reading Beryl Bainbridge’s novel, The Birthday Boys, an account of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic march to the South Pole told in turns from the point of view of the five men who died there. Here is an excerpt from the final section, the words of Captain Titus Oates as Bainbridge imagines them– […]
A week ago, I saw Daniel Craig [today’s guest Brit] and Rooney Mara in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ It starts to get confusing with the novel in my head as well as the Swedish language film and both of its sequels and now this, but I think I liked it a lot. I […]
My daughter is reading ‘The Scarlet Letter’ right now, and–I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–the first time I saw this character my mind screamed ‘Arthur Dimmesdale!’ There is so much repressed sexuality communicated by those slivers of white collar and cuff…by all those buttons.