| Mar 13, 2011
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Pantheon: 531 pp., $29.95
Partway through "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood," James Gleick describes a technological innovation so transformative that it was heralded as "one of...
| Sep 1, 2010
We learn about grammar, usage and spelling mostly by reading. That's our reference point every time we say that something "looks wrong."
For example, the final S in "I'm going to the Thomases's house." When we see something like this, our eye sends an...
| May 15, 2012
| 10:55 AM
George Bernard Shaw had a few choice words to say about critics. After all, he was one, too.
So it's only fitting that there be a Shaw Symposium on Critics on June 2 at 2 p.m. at The Players Club at Gramercy Park South in New York.
This first symposium...
| May 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
In one of the most horrific events in theatrical literature, Euripides’ vengeful Medea answers her husband’s betrayal by murdering their offspring.
Michael Elyanow recalls watching the Abbey Theater’s acclaimed Broadway production of...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 9:19 AM
Maybe you love words and literature and writing and books, but maybe you don't actually want to, you know, read a bunch. Here are some literary events where you can go soak up some writerly atmosphere and company. Like books on tape, only with people....
| Sep 13, 2011
| 11:15 AM
On Connecticut stage this fall, we've got Greeks (The Oresteia, directed by Mitchell Polin at Trinity College Dec. 1-13) and Moderns (three world premieres this season at the Yale Repertory Theatre alone, starting with Amy Herzog's relationship drama...
| Feb 7, 2010
Somewhere on Earth there must be a cheaper, easier, more exotic cruise, packed with even more beautiful sights and filled with more history, providing even tastier food, but for now, I'm happy to settle on this one: Ionian Cruises' daily excursion from...
| Jul 19, 2008
In the Light of You
By Nathan Singer
Bleak House, $24.95
This visceral coming-of-age tale about 16-year-old lost boy Mikal Fanon is, on the surface, a straightforward and unapologetically brutal novel about the destruction that indoctrinated hate sows....
| Sep 5, 2008
An anthology of 11 short avant-garde plays, "Spider Bites" is a strange and sometimes impenetrable theatrical experience that features an approximately even hit-to-miss ratio. Though often self-indulgent, Jacqueline Wright's mini-dramas at Theatre of NOTE...
| Sep 19, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Annette Bening is obsessed. Obsessed with a capital O, with ???Medea,??? she says repeatedly. The 51-year-old actress, mother of four and wife of Warren Beatty has played some fantastically scheming and oft-deluded women, in films such as ???The Grifters,...
| Sep 24, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Euripides' ???Medea??? taps into primal emotions that frighten and fascinate us in equal measure. Try as you may to interpret the tale of a wife who, having sacrificed everything for her husband, murders their children to punish him for his......