Somewhere over Gravity’s Rainbow …

I’ve tripped on Gravity’s Rainbow already. Several times. I don’t think I made it more than 100 pages in during my previous attempts. This time has been different. to some degree, I’m taking guidance from the Right Rev. Dave Shaffer (Drinking Straw apostate that he may be) and letting Pynchon’s masterpiece flow over me like the […]

Isabel Allende dazzles D.C.

When Isabel Allende asked how many Latinos were in the audience last night during her interview/book signing at the Washington Post, more than half the audience answered with raised hands. Very impressive. Almost as impressive as the interview. Allende was hilarious, mixing self-deprecating humor with broadsides against the patriarchy, smart women who refuse to identify […]

Metropolis art …

I stumbled across German photographer Michael Wolf‘s photography this morning. Fascinating stuff. He uses mega cities as a concrete palette, mixing the colors, geometries and human faces of urban life into images that vibrate tensely between order and chaos. I particularly liked Architecture of Density and Tokyo Compression … Thanks to Slate for pointing me Wolf’s […]

Quotes: Shakespeare’s take on ‘eat the rich’

We saw the Globe Theatre’s production of Hamlet last night at the Folger here in D.C. Wonderful production. It also was my first time seeing a play at the Folger, which is a fantastic space despite the fact that some sight lines are obstructed. (That’s the Capitol at right as viewed from the entrance to […]

Wendell Berry vs. Godzilla

Wendell Berry was hitting stride while delivering the 41st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at Kennedy Center last night. The great agrarian poet was calling out the excesses of corporate America, technology, capitalism and our rampant disregard for nature. Our wanderlust has destroyed our rootedness, our sense of place. It suddenly dawned on me […]

Fixing a Nook Simple Touch’s wireless connection

Lara chews through several books a week and loves her Nook. She was broken-hearted when it suddenly refused to join our wireless network (appropriately named Spiney). I Googled around a bit and found the solution to the problem here. It’s a bit complicated, but I decided to post it to help anyone who might have […]

Translations

This morning’s Wall Street Journal featured an article by Stephen Mitchell detailing the process he went through translating Homer’s Iliad. In addition to offering a fascinating glimpse into the art of translating, Mitchell provides a great tip for all writers: read your work aloud and listen. The music of the spoken word was clear on Thursday […]

Imagine a world with no Macbeth

The New York Times recently had a good story on the Folger Library’s “Fame, Fortune & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio.” In addition to prompting me to add the exhibit to my to-do list, the story made my head spin with the following paragraph: “If it weren’t for the First Folio, there would be no […]