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30 Beards Hath November, Part III

It’s time to check in with our classic authors and see what the beards are looking like right now, at this point of No-Shave November. We’ve caught them at the perfect moment: that stubbly ideal known as the Scruffy Look. 68 more words

The So-called Classics


Song: to Celia


Come, my Celia, let us prove, While we can, the sports of love; Time will not be ours forever; He at length our good will sever. 104 more words


Week 65: Fly Me To The Moon

Woo woo!! Let’s hear it for plucky little Philae – because how can we resist anthropomorphising such a frankly cute little thing with gangly legs. This week’s landing of an extremely mobile science laboratory on a comet hurtling around some unimaginable distance from here is a moment to bask in some reflected glory and think, you know, we humans aren’t entirely a pointless waste of space after all. 885 more words

Birthday Morbidity.

Fifteen years ago, I used to celebrate my Fall birthday for a whole month. From October 1st to All Hallows Eve, it was all about me. 576 more words


MOOCs: Literature of the English Country House? Bate's Shakespeare & His World

The great hall at Penshurst

Dear Friends and Readers,

The other night I embarked on listening to another of these sets of videos sent out by English universities and designated MOOCs: Mass Online Courses. 6,111 more words

20th Century Culture

Underneath this stone doth lie as much beauty as could die

Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.

Wouldst thou hear what man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.
Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die;

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Books Acquired Recently

Blake, William. Blake. Ed. Ruthven Todd. New York: Dell, 1960.

Browning, Robert. Browning. Ed. Reed Whittemore. New York: Dell, 1960.

Herbert, George. Herbert… 285 more words