Did you know that the character of Stephano in Shakespeare’s The Tempest may have been based on a real character – a man who settled for a time in the Jamestown colony and then came back over on the Mayflower? The New England History Society has the story.
Bishop Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding has prompted an outpouring of comment, commentary, media articles, and blog posts. David Robertson at The Wee Flea adds one – how the reactions to the sermon revealed the four tribes of evangelicalism. (Reading the post, I recognized where I most likely fit – the fourth one.)
The articles and posts on writing this week were especially good: Ann Kroker on author branding, Dean Wesley Smith on the many deaths of a fiction writer (I’ve died most of them), Rebekah Valerius on reading Chesterton (she gets him exactly right), T.M. Brown on the appeal of Southern novels, Anthony Horowitz (novelist and scriptwriter; he wrote the scripts for Foyle’s War) on the detective story as meta-fiction; a two-part interview with British novelist Paul Kingsworth in Image Journal (I reviewed his Beast in January); and more.
And good poetry, good insights into the state of the culture, and Gary Barlow singing with military wives and the Commonwealth Band.
Life and Culture
Writing and Literature
In a World of Author Branding, uh…What’s an “Author Brand”? – Ann Kroeker.
Art and Photography
Keyshawn Whitehorse – Tom Darin Liskey via Facebook.
Sing – Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band (featuring Military Wives)
Painting: Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929).