Unity

UNITY This weekend I went to see Florian Zeller’s comedy called La Verdad. Or, Truth in English. I first read this kid’s novels a few years ago. At the time, I was a sad little neurotic boy who enjoyed taking a form of Portuguese pleasure called saudade:...

The Sound and the Fury

THE SOUND AND THE FURY There’s something about Faulkner that reminds me of Saramago. I’d forgotten all about Faulkner’s style until I recently reread this book. It made me remember that Saramago’s not particularly original. And in terms of...

The Newsroom

I really enjoy THE NEWSROOM, but. But. Now we have a problem. The problem started a few weeks ago: a friend of mine–a woman!–mentioned that she didn’t like the women on the show, “We can do better,” she said. I didn’t know what that...
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

  On the back of my copy of Oscar Wilde’s complete plays, I read an interesting tweet: “The Importance of Being Earnest is the only pure verbal opera in English” –@WH Auden. Interested as I am in opera, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately in my short-lived quest to...

Serious

SERIOUS The art of high modernism assumes a tragic worldview: it is serious. Think DJANGO UNCHAINED and, well, any art movie. Any serious film. Any serious writer. Any real novel. Anything worth any attention in the last 100 years. Harold Bloom. I was watching an...

Mamet

MAMET I’ve been reading the Cambridge Companion to David Mamet. Here are some interesting quotations: “Thematically, Mamet’s universe is strongly reminiscent of that of Jerome Bosch. Thematically and formally, [his plays are] also close to the...