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New Ideas are Probably Old Ideas

The benefits of reading history continually surprise me. It’s not as thrilling as reading an intense novel or as intellectually stimulating as philosophy or astrophysics, perhaps, but it can equip and expand our understanding of humanity more than almost any other subject. Among the most astonishing lessons hidden in the story of humankind is that […]

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Winter’s Angels

I’ve written about ballet on the blog before, and about my reticence to speak about a subject that I feel unqualified to speak to in any great detail. But I’ve made a commitment to worry less and write more, especially on the blog. I also have a larger writing project planned which will require me […]

Accepting Submissions for Brief Candle 4!

We’re just getting started on the fourth issue of our Shakespeare zine, Brief Candle. If you are interested in writing something, please use our contact form to get in touch. We welcome submissions on all topics, from all perspectives, from people of all backgrounds. The only exception to this is any nonsense related to the […]

Book review: Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Tempest

Margaret Atwood needs no introduction. Nothing one reviewer can say — even if they were a highly influential reviewer — can tarnish her reputation as a great writer. But Hag-Seed, her version of The Tempest written at the behest of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of retellings, is not a great novel. Compared to Anne Tyler’s Vinegar […]