What does it feel like to have your culture and language appropriated for a trend? What does it feel like to grow up without ever seeing an accurate representation of you on TV, but just a stereotypical mockery? What does it feel like to be stopped and detained at an airport because of the colour … More The Good Immigrant: Book Review
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, announces the First Ambassador in Hamlet. The demise of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is overlooked amidst the bloodbath and body count in the final act of Hamlet, but Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play turns Shakespeare’s story inside out and propels these minor characters to the centre-stage while the protagonist Hamlet becomes a … More Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Play Review
Ah Valentine’s Day. The light-hearted holiday seems to induce either panic, scorn or fun, depending on who you ask. I thought I’d celebrate by listing some of my favourite literary couples. I’ve limited the list to literature’s functional couples with happy (ish) endings, I think I’ll make a separate list for the tragic couples who suffer for their doomed … More Happy Valentines Day!
“Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.” I’ve always thought that memoirs read very much like an autobiography; key moments of a person’s life typed out in chronological order that combine to give a factual insight into a person. The Glass … More The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
A book always feels extra special when it has illustrations in it, even if it’s something small like maps of made-up worlds at the beginning. I don’t pick up picture books on a frequent basis but this weekend I brought home two that have been receiving rave reviews and I loved them so much! A Child … More Reviewing Picture Books
“Beware against the sweet person, for sugar has no nutrition” Rating: 1.5/5 I had such high expectations for this book; good reviews combined with that beautiful cover and the memory of how successfully it can be retold, I went into it with high hopes. The latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare project which sees notable authors … More Vinegar Girl: Book Review
The beginning is suitably eerie; the witches rise amidst smoke and darkness from the heap of dismembered bodies. They hiss and use the bloody limbs to build caricatures while Jocelyn Pook’s dark and haunting music in the background adds to the enchantment. The opening promises of an unnerving production, unfortunately it doesn’t quite succeed as … More Blood and Gore – Macbeth at the Globe
I used to do this little segment over on youmeandbooks.tumblr.com called Literary Birthdays where I spotlight on the author whose birthday it is and I want to continue it over here starting off with D.H. Lawrence. Unfortunately, I’ve only read Lady Chatterly’s Lover but definitely want to read more by Lawrence, he was featured heavily on a Modernism … More Happy Birthday D.H. Lawrence!
The play opens with Holly Golightly walking up to a storefront in a black gown with the Manhattan skyline behind her. She sings a couple of heartfelt lines of Moon River before slinking away. But, this is where comparisons to the iconic Audrey Hepburn movie ends as Richard Greenberg’s adaptation reverts to the source material … More Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Play Review