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
Monday, September 8, 2014
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!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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
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."