Roundtable

The Rest Is History

Preludes, Eden, and to swine own self be true.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, March 02, 2018

Kyrle Bellew as Hamlet, c. 1875. New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Division.

Kyrle Bellew as Hamlet, c. 1875. New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Division.

• Jane Smiley on Willa Cather’s “intensity of observation [and] curiosity about human psychology.” (The Paris Review Daily)

• The life of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who made dresses for a first lady—and then published a book about it. (Racked)

• Hamlet—now with 100 percent more ham. (NYR Daily)

• The “case for calling Debussy the most perfectly original composer of the past 200 years.” (The Spectator)

• Marking the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918: “In essence: don’t mess with birds!” (NewYorker.com)

• An animated retelling of a Helen Keller thought experiment: “I am tempted to think that the perplexed businessman might discover a possible solution [to] his troubles if he would just spend a few days in his wife's kitchen. Let us see what would happen if he did.” (TheAtlantic.com)

• A look back at the premieres of Angels in America, Boys in the Band, and Torch Song Trilogy, landmark gay plays all making a reappearance on Broadway. (T Magazine)

• Anne Enright on the Fall and fake news: “Eve did not tempt Adam, either, nor was he seduced by her nakedness. There is, in fact, very little sex in the story. Our readings of it are all subtext, all interpretation, all error.” (London Review of Books)