The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Before reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, I was only familiar with Oscar Wilde through his plays (specifically The Importance of Being Earnest) and a few stories – I didn’t know before researching this post that The Selfish Giant was by Wilde.  (Believe it or not, I had a computer game of that story as … Continue reading The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

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People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)

Some stories are about an object’s journey through time and space, its various owners, and how certain episodes in its history affected it.  The film The Red Violin is one of these;  if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I’m talking about.  In that case the “protagonist” is a legendary violin, inhabited by the spirit … Continue reading People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)

Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (ed. Karen Wilkin)

Even if you’ve never heard of Edward Gorey, you’ve probably seen his work without realizing it. Recognize this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4502MXkb-Dc The crosshatching, the black-and-white palette with only splashes of color, the distinctive styling of the human figures, and the macabre subject matter are all classic Gorey. A TV show intro, however, is not typical. Gorey worked … Continue reading Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (ed. Karen Wilkin)