Review: Upstart Crow

The final episode of the first series of Upstart Crow has aired and David Mitchell, who stars as the bard himself, confirmed on Twitter that there will be a second series. It follows the adventures of the up-and-coming playwright who still finds himself¬† struggling to make his mark in the hurlyburly of Elizabethan England. Action…

TOA/V: Anna Karenina

The eternal struggle in Belle Ombre: agreeing on something to watch with my brother. One of the places our largely divergent tastes overlap is in the realm of costume drama, so the other night after one or the other of us voting down this or that film we finally agreed on the 2012 version of…

TOA/V – Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem

THE HARD PROBLEM by Tom Stoppard Dir: Nicholas Hytner I love that Tom Stoppard’s idea of a fast-paced, breezy play because he wanted to do something ‘light’ is to focus on whether science can measure consciousness and whether it is something that can be measured. I can understand not wanting all that palaver. It’s in…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

No, not the one you’re thinking of, much as I love my Stoppard: I mean in fact W. S. Gilbert’s play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern A Tragic Episode, in Three Tabloids, founded on an Old Danish Legend I just started reading McCrum’s giant doorstop biography of P. G. Wodehouse, who of course adored Gilbert and at…

Writer Wednesday: Write by Hand

It happens eventually to every writer, that moment when you stare at the blank page or screen and nothing comes out of the brain even with knocking and/or poking with sharp sticks. There are all kinds of ways to kick the recalcitrant brain pan into action, but here’s a really simple one: Write by hand….