For those who lack the luxury of time to read all of Kipling’s works and draw their own conclusions, myself among them, the complexity of the man is suggested most evocatively, perhaps, in his own poem The Two-Sided Man, and articulated more clearly and directly by George Orwell. (Commonalities between the two authors inspired a […]
I just read the script and I can’t wait to see this play in November. Read up on playwright Katori Hall in The New Yorker (abstract) and The New York Times. Reading the play (and, I imagine, seeing it) makes this clip from Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech all the more moving.
Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment seat; … But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth. […]
A 1994 interview with Robert Gottlieb, former editor in chief of Knopf; Simon & Schuster; and The New Yorker, is so much more thanks to the creativity (and connections) of Larissa MacFarquhar – a window into the golden age of publishing, a side-to-side view of the writing and reading experience, and a portrait of the […]
Less and More, SF MOMA’s exhibition on the subtle (and highly influential) genius of design Dieter Rams, runs through February 20. More is more? While you’re there, take a docent tour of the Selected Histories: 20th Century Art exhibit, ongoing at the museum. Thursday evenings, general admission is half off. For design buffs: Rams’s Ten […]
It is sometimes said that there are only two ways for a story to begin: Someone sets out on a quest or a stranger comes to town. Both come into play in Rudyard Kipling’s long-beloved (if now also half-forgotten) only novel-length story Kim. The novel first appeared twice in serial form in magazines, beginning in […]
English author Pat Barker didn’t wait for the year 2000 to attempt to capture the 20th century. In The Century’s Daughter, originally published in 1986 (and later retitled Liza’s England) she personifies the century in the form of Liza, a woman born in the north of England at the stroke of midnight on 1 January […]