Throw your Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism out of the window. If you have gleaned anything from it, throw that out too. The "sublime" this, the "autonomous work" that. It will not help you here.
I fell in love with this production of Shakespeare’s Othello at University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre the way Othello fell in love with Desdemona – completely and in the play’s prehistory.
"I teach you The Overthought. Regular thought is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome it?" This sounded exactly like the antithesis of an ad for a self-help podcast .
Listen. Not to sound like Ken Branagh but I also think the only right adaptation of Shakespeare is one directed by me, produced by me and starring me. But since BBC has a multimillion dollar budget and I have a mason jar half full with five cents coins, I’ll settle for reviewing the next best … Continue reading In Which I Rate The Hollow Crown Henriad Actors Based On Their Hollowness And Crownness
It has always seemed to literary snobs that what one reads is a crucial metric for evaluative judgements, that there can be inferred a strange equation of what one reads and what one is. While this works in the case of Frankenstein’s monster, Matilda and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, … Continue reading A Thoreau Reading of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
An exercise in which I pit the Romantics against every collection of Indian poetry on my bookshelves, which is a shameful total of three and counting but that is what this piece is about. For the better part of my life, I have said my favourite poet is Keats. And I have followed that up … Continue reading Why The Romantics Have Monopoly Over Nature In Our Poetic Consciousness
Warning: Contains one explosion and one hanging bird. Rating: 4.69/5 Stars Hello and welcome to this latest post on Off With Your Read, wherein I demonstrate remarkable restraint while trying to express the enormous love I have for Donna Tartt and her books. So the Goldfinch. In all honesty, this book was meant to be … Continue reading A Review of The Goldfinch
Wherein I navigate bad Romeo and Juliet takes using bad metaphors in very much the same way Shakespeare didn’t. Where I’m from, Romeo and Juliet is often, for no fault of yours, your introduction to Shakespeare. I don’t know why high school boards think that is a great idea. And speaking of ideas, only lukewarm … Continue reading The Most Excellent And Lamentable Tragedie Of Reading Comprehension And Judgement Of Artistic Sorts
Rating: 2.65/5 Hear ye, hear ye! I hath spent 1290 minutes of my life watching The Bold Type. A Disney-backed, new-age-woke, chicklit journo-drama that I had no intention of reviewing nothing, but here I am. I was only procrastinating on my dissertation and 12334 essays and 56748 job applications but - BUT - I trained … Continue reading The Bold Type and A Vanilla Font, A Review
Rating: 1/5. I didn’t cry when Mufasa died and that’s all you need to know about this remake. The only reason I’m writing this review is because I took notes in the theatre. In a book. In the dark. And they say things like “BAD”, “well-animated sand” and “no asante sana squash banana” for like … Continue reading Don’t Do James Earl Jones This Dirty, A The Lion King (2019) Review