Crafting “Shakespeare Insult Quills” to distribute this weekend at the Tuscon Festival of Books! We’ll be at the Children’s Pavilion on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
Happy Anniversary to the ‘real’ Romeo and Juliet!
A “Romeo Montocchio” and a “Juliet Capelletto” (on whom Shakespeare may have based his play) were married on this date, March 11, 1302, in Citadella, Italy.
I’ve recently decided that I haven’t visited nearly enough famous authors’ homes in my life to date. I’m going to start a bucket list, including The Mount, Edith Wharton’s gorgeous estate in the Berkshires (pictured.) Would love to also see the homes of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, the Brontes and Emily Dickinson, for starters. (Also Anne Frank’s annex.)
So far, I’ve been to Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare!), and I’ve also toured Jane Austen’s stomping grounds in Bath. Have done Concord, Mass., including Louisa May Alcott’s home and a replica of Thoreau’s domicile in the woods. Where else should I visit? — Amy
Kevin Spacey documents his starring role in Sam Mendes’s Richard III production.
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It’s supposed to rain here in L.A. all weekend (the horror!) What a great weekend for some bookish crafting. The candleholders would make awesome gifts! — Amy
Author Kate Mosse and academic John Mullan debated the relative merits of the 19th-century pioneer novelists. So who won? John Dugdale reports
It’s Austen, in my book. —Kim
I used to be a night owl, but have become (of necessity) a morning person. I find that I do my best work from about 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m.-ish. (If only I were as productive as fellow 8 a.m.-er Stephen King.) Amy, also of necessity, writes any chance she gets—including at 3 in the morning when she can’t sleep. —Kim
I’ve read two reviews today saying this Emile Zola adaptation, In Secret, is horrible, but when I watch this trailer, it just screams “Forget the reviews! Come see me!” The whole thing just looks so soapy and sexy and scandalous (and can’t Jessica Lange save anything?). Film critics be damned, I want to see it! — Amy
What a “Sassy Gay Friend” would tell Shakespeare’s Juliet. So hilarious.
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