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19 July 2016 @ 06:44 pm
…How did I not know that Robert Greene was born in Norwich??? I was looking for information about Norwich's churches, and someone mentioned in passing that he was baptized in St. George's, Tombland. That was one of the churches I visited in 2014! The people there were very nice to the weird American who wanted to know if the angels on the roof beams were original or replacements!

Also, from Wikipedia:

Greene is thought to have attended the Norwich Grammar School, although this cannot be confirmed as enrolment documents for the relevant years are lost.

Well, we all know what THAT means! Time for some anti-Norwichians to start doubting that he actually wrote Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay! I mean, apparently we don't even know who his father is, but the candidates are a saddler and a cordwainer, and everyone knows that boys whose fathers work with leather cannot possibly grow up to be playwrights. And "Bacon" is right there in the title, so...
19 July 2016 @ 02:46 pm
A series of four essays on Little Women, one for each of the March girls:

Incidentally, I always forget how much more familiar I am with the 1994 film than I am with the novel (I did read it two or three times, but it wasn't a favorite - not in the way that The Secret Garden or Charlotte Sometimes was).
18 July 2016 @ 09:31 am
Up, and after doing some business at my office, Creed came to me, and I took him to my viall maker’s, and there I heard the famous Mr. Stefkins play admirably well, and yet I found it as it is always, I over expected.


Same, Sam, same.
15 July 2016 @ 12:29 am
Everyone is ON NOTICE because NO ONE told me that Jamie Parker was Mark Antony in a BBC Radio production of Julius Caesar back in April! And of course it's not on iPlayer now. Hmph.

You can at least hear him do "Friends, Romans, countrymen," although this mostly just makes me long to know what he did with "O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth."


14 July 2016 @ 03:35 pm
I don't think I've ever seen this painting before yesterday,* somehow - a portrait of Gainsborough's daughters chasing a butterfly - but I'm posting the link here so I don't forget it:


(I keep thinking of Eleven saying "a proper artist, like Gainsborough." Hee.)

*It was on the cover of a book about Jane Austen that I saw at the bookstore, I think. Of course, I can't remember the book now; I was too focused on making sure I remembered the painting when I got home!
14 July 2016 @ 12:57 pm
I just checked the Globe On Screen website again, and my city has been added! So it might be worth checking again:

Alas, my screenings are all on Sunday mornings at 11:00 (I guess this makes sense, as hardly anyone ever goes, but it's still a downer). (The NT Live screenings, at a different cinema, are usually full and sometimes sold out. I don't know whether there's a bigger audience there, or better advertising…)
14 July 2016 @ 12:24 pm
More specifically, I am puzzled by its removable nature.


I'd like to know when they actually get to take it down!
14 July 2016 @ 10:46 am
My favorite parts of Pepys' journal are when he gossips about other people's marriages; they're so immediate, in a way that brings to life some of the abstractions of conduct books and sermons, or the oversized figures of ballads. Just a short mention in one of the most recent entries on the Pepys feed:

...Becky Allen is married against all expectation a fellow that proves to be a coxcomb and worth little if any thing at all, and yet are entered into a way of living above their condition that will ruin them presently, for which, for the lady’s sake, I am much troubled.

He also mentioned her just the day before (which may be why he was gossiping about her the next day with someone else):

With Sir J. Minnes to church, where an indifferent good sermon. Here I saw Mrs. Becky Allen, who hath been married, and is this day churched, after her bearing a child. She is grown tall, but looks very white and thin, and I can find no occasion while I am here to come to have her company, which I desire and expected in my coming, but only coming out of the church I kissed her and her sister and mother-in-law.
12 July 2016 @ 10:01 pm
A brief clip from an upcoming one-hour episode hosted by Dr. Janina Ramirez:

(Aw, Norwich. Seeing the train station gives me all sorts of warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings about my semester abroad there.)

So those of you who have access to these sorts of things, it airs next Tuesday and looks like it will be available on the website thereafter:

I had to teach selections from Julian of Norwich once in a survey class, and the whole time I was conscious of not doing a very good job. But I did bring my students hazelnut cookies, so at least I gave them thematically appropriate treats?

ETA: Apparently the presenter has an upcoming book on the subject as well - Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History - but I didn't want to link to Amazon and can't find another listing. Looks like a September release date.