The Break

The Break  ‘s what raises you and places you above the life you’re leaving, severed from the one you live; what hurls you forth and holds you to the light; whatever makes you into someone who’s made it, and ‘it’’s the break, and what comes afterwards. The break’s a falling-off that isn’t flight; is where … More The Break

It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?

Judging by the songs available on YouTube, the Broadway musical Something Rotten strikes an interesting balance between propagating familiar pop-cultural myths about the early modern period and unpicking some of those assumptions through playful anachronism. The opening number, for example, welcomes us to ‘the Renaissance/Where everything is new’: far from a transitional period still processing and remaking its … More It’s hard to be the Bard – but why?

Found Poem

The lines of the following poem are all subheadings introducing quotes for the term ‘Love’ in an 1884 book: The Student’s Topical Shakespeare: Thirty-Seven Plays, Analyzed and Topically Arranged for the Use of Clergymen, Lawyers, Students, Etc. Love Its absurd Vows Its Avowal Desired Its bewildering Power Its bewitching Tyranny Its Conquests Its contradictory Character … More Found Poem

Nell Gwynn, John Dryden, and the Restoration of Theatrical History

Does anybody care what I want to write? — John Dryden No! — The rest of the King’s Company Hooray for Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, now playing at the Globe. As well as being a sprightly, engaging feminist reclamation of Restoration theatre history, it’s also the only play I’ve ever encountered where all roads of narrative fulfilment … More Nell Gwynn, John Dryden, and the Restoration of Theatrical History

Missing the Perseids (for three years running)

It’s Perseids Week, and Slate has a guide on how to watch the meteor shower: essentially ‘on your back, after midnight’ today seems to be the consensus. Two years ago, I stayed with my lovely friend Natasha Frost and saw the meteors from a French farmhouse, and ended up writing this poem, which came out in The Emmores a … More Missing the Perseids (for three years running)

‘Did You Miss Me?’: The Secret of Mystery Show

This article originally appeared at The Timbre, a journal dedicated to podcasting. DID YOU MISS ME?: THE SECRET OF MYSTERY SHOW In Gimlet’s Mystery Show, Starlee Kine investigates the cold cases of everyday life. Each episode seesThis American Life alumna Kine take on an unsolved mystery which has been bugging her clients for months, even years. … More ‘Did You Miss Me?’: The Secret of Mystery Show