Category Archives: Drama

How Shakespeare Changed Everything, by Stephen Marche

How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Stephen Marche. Harper, 2011. 224 pages. I’d heard some positive noise about Marche’s book, and at first glance that noise seemed well-founded. Marche clearly loves Shakespeare and wants to share his excitement with the rest of … Continue reading

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Murderers Playing Murderers: Hamlet in Prison

Did you guys hear last week’s This American Life? It was a rerun from 2002, but still, so good! It tells the story of Hamlet, Act V, performed by convicted felons in a maximum security prison in Missouri. Prison rules … Continue reading

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A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh This edition: Back Bay Books, 1999. Written 1934. 320 pages. The first text message I ever received from my mum read: “Just finished Brideshead. So depressed.” I laughed out loud in the middle … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein Riverhead Trade, 2009. 256 pages. If you are looking for pious hagiographies of Old Testament saints (and one from the New), look further. Goldstein’s little book of stories, portraits of biblical characters … Continue reading

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If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino (William Weaver, trans.) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979. 260 pages. Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler abandons traditional storytelling in its first lines, entering the realm of metanovel: … Continue reading

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