Shakespeare’s two Annes: 2. Shakespeare’s Other Anne (first part)

The mysterious Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton Anne Whateley is the woman who is supposed to have been the intended wife of William Shakespeare before being forced to marry Anne Hathaway, although scholars believe that she never existed, and that her name in that document concerning Shakespeare’s marriage is merely a clerical error. It is… Read More Shakespeare’s two Annes: 2. Shakespeare’s Other Anne (first part)

Nora Ephron

“It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, “They lived happily ever after” and the following quarter century warning that they’ll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are entering a third era, in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism:… Read More Nora Ephron

Susan Sontag

“I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.” (1) Susan Sontag, one of the most prominent New York intellectuals of her generation, was a writer and political activist, born on 16 January 1933 (she died of leukaemia just two weeks before her 72nd birthday) When she was fourteen years old, she… Read More Susan Sontag

🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (3. Stephen Stills & Judy Collins)

Stephen Still’s song “Love the One You’re With” seems to imply a casual attitude toward sexual relationships (perfectly emblematic of the times), yet its author was living in a whirlwind of difficult passion at the time. He had been impressed by popular singer and songwriter Judy Collins when he had seen her perform in Greenwich… Read More 🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (3. Stephen Stills & Judy Collins)

🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction & translation)

If you’re down and confused And you don’t remember who you’re talking to Concentration slips away Because your baby is so far away Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove And the eagle flies with the dove And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey Love the one you’re with Don’t… Read More 🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction & translation)