Saturday, October 11, 2014

Intriguing Sleuthing

Re the upcoming reading, Martin Murray has written a biography of Peter Doyle that required quite a bit of intriguing sleuthing.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review of a new biography of Tennessee Williams

Can only suffering - and alcohol - produce great literature?

 

The Outsider Art of Tennessee


Lost Stories by Capote Are Published


Thanks to Ernie for altering us to the news and supplying this link.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Diaries Neither Black Nor White

John has asked me to post a link to the webpage he cited during our discussion regarding the authenticity of Roger Casement's "Black" Diaries. The author Sean Murphy argues quite reasonably that whether they are forged or not is still an open question. Read for yourselves and decide!

Alexander Lives!

The Guardian Reading Group dedicated last month to a discussion of Renault's "Alexander Trilogy". There's an interesting post there by Sam Jordison, who also has a blog of his own entirely devoted to Alexander called The Second Achilles.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Diaries and Trains

Some of us wondered why Roger Casement kept his Black Diary. Oscar Wilde had this to say about diaries: "I never travel without my diary.  One should always have something sensational to read in the train." The quote appears in Brian Lacey's informative chapter on Roger Casement in his book Terrible Queer Creatures (Dublin, Wordwell, 2008).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mad Dogs & Stately Homes

At our discussion of Firefly last night, it seemed a lot of people hadn't heard Noel Coward. Youtube has a lot of his songs, though none of them live performances. One selection is a medley of five recordings of his most favorite, including "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" and the very witty "The Stately Homes of England."