Category: Drama

Still Kicking

“Literary Kicks,” says the guy where I pick up my mail, looking at my address on a package. “What is it, sneakers?”

“Books,” I say to him. “Books. I’d probably make a lot more money if it was sneakers.”

With that said, here are the latest literary links, for your … Read the rest

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Qaddafi as Caligula

CHEREA: He was too fond of bad poetry.

LUCIUS: That’s typical …

CHEREA: Of his age, perhaps, but not of his rank. An emperor with artistic and intellectual inclinations is a contradiction in terms.

LUCIUS: We’ve had one or two, of course. But there’s misfits in every family. The others

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Dirty Hippie Lit

I often hear people complain about “dirty hippies”. Well, cleanliness is a virtue. But I’ve never understood why anybody would hate hippies. Is it that their exuberance is embarrassing? I like hippies, and I also like several writers identified with the post-Beat/hippie literary tradition of the 1960s and 1970s, many … Read the rest

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August Strindberg’s Inferno

Alchemy, schizophrenia, witchcraft, and religious fanaticism, all leavened with a knowing wink of humor, Inferno, by Swedish author August Strindberg is an early example of the “unreliable narrator” literary device, in which the reader learns that the storyteller is seeing things from a distorted perspective. It is also deliciously … Read the rest

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Under Worlds

1. This rather remarkable painting, titled Hansel and Gretel, was painted by Zelda Fitzgerald in 1947.

2. Speaking of difficult literary ex-wives: earlier this year I wrote an article about T. S. Eliot’s Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and the Broadway show Cats in which I suggested that the … Read the rest

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