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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “N”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily, a New Hope

Verily, a Great Entertainment   “CHORUS: As our scene to space, so deep and dark, O’er your imagination we’ll hold sway. For neither players nor the stage can mark The great and mighty scene they must portray. We ask you, let your keen mind’s eye be chief – Think when we talk of starships, there […]

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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Book Rescue, Book-Related Places of Pilgrimage … and My Personal Literary Canon, Part 1

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Mawlid, Task 2: The Five Pillars of Islam almsgiving and the pilgrimage to Mekka.  Tell us: Have you ever donated books or rescued them from (horror of horrors) being trashed?  Alternatively: Is there a book-related place that is a place of pilgrimage to you? If I donate books, I […]

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Stratford-upon-Avon — Oxford — London: Shakespeare, Hogwarts and Shopping

Stratford A Scene at the RSC Book and Gift Shop The date: June 17, 2017. The time: Approximately 10:00AM. TA and friend enter; TA asks for a shopping basket and makes straight for the shelves and display cases. An indeterminate amount of time is then spent browsing. Whenever her friend points out something and asks […]

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9 Things You Absolutely Must Do In London If You Love Books And Literary History | Bustle

British Library – check (though it’s been a while & could use a refresher). Bloomsbury – check. Shakespeare’s Globe – check. (Duh.) St. Pancras and George Inn – on the list for next time. English Heritage plaques – check (you’d have to be blind to miss them). Foyle’s / Charing Cross / indie bookstores – […]

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London & (mainly) Stratford-upon-Avon Book Haul, June 2014

Thomas Penn – Winter King: The Dawn of the Tudor Age Neil MacGregor – Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects Julian Curry (ed.) – Shakespeare on Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles (interviews with, inter alia, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Derek Jacobi, Jude Law, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, […]

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Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit, To thee I send this written embassage, To witness duty, not to show my wit. (Sonnet No. 26) Born (probably): April 23, 1564 Baptized: April 26, 1564 Heraldic Motto: Non sanz droict (= “Not without right”) Stratford-upon-Avon, England: William Shakespeare’s […]

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