F. Scott Fitzgerald reads a monologue from Othello. Thank you internets.
Here's a fascinating interview of Marilynne Robinson (Vice; HT: Emily Hale)
And here my friend Dan writes about Catholic Literary revival, and Ignatius Press' new project IP Novels. (Ignatius Press Novels)
In this time of inspirational catch phrase memes, it would do well to do some research. (Did you hear about the Taylor Swift / Hitler pinterest board?) To that end: Quotes falsely attributed to Mother Theresa.
The Folger Shakespeare Library now has brought much of its collection online, for our use and enjoyment. Read about the collection here. (The Atlantic)
J. F. Powers is getting some love! The editors of Dappled Things has named their Short Fiction prize after the mid-western Catholic author (who won the National Book Award for his novel Morte d'Urban -- one of my favorite American novels, a darkly comic battle for the soul of a urbane Mid-Western priest). The deadline for entry is February, so get writing kiddos. (Dappled Things)
Speaking of J. F. Powers ... I've been meaning to read this article about him for a while now. (The Daily Beast)
Every couple years a new article comes out about T. S. Eliot and pop songs. Here's another. (The Independent)
Also, this is long overdue: I was so saddened to hear of the death of Seamus Heany, and for weeks carried around his translation of Beowulf, trying to nab enough time to read it. Here's a collection of videos of him reading his poetry. And here's a marvelous interview of him from The Paris Review.
You've all see the Louis C. K. clip about smartphones, I'm sure. It was fantastic, of course, and less about smart phones and more about the failure of our culture to create genuine connections. And about the roots of Comedy, honestly, for all comedy is rooted in understanding another (what Louis C. K. calls "empathy"). I was going to write a long piece about it, but then I found Peter Lawler had already written what I wanted to say, and far better too, since he leads with Aristotle, and Socrates, and is classic Lawler through and through. So go read it loves. (Rightly Understood)
The incredible Italian chef and cookbook author Marcella Hazan passed away on Sunday. Here's a lovely tribute from The New Yorker cartoonist David Sipress:
If you’ve ever seen Marcella on television, you know that she was a short, compact lady, a tough biscotti with a raspy voice who didn’t suffer fools gladly and had a surprising preference for Jack Daniels over a glass of wine. But in her books her voice is always warm and encouraging. This, and the fact that her recipes are consistently clear and straightforward, enabled me to overcome a lifetime of insecurity in the kitchen. She just made it all seem so easy.
Finally: regardless of what you think of the shutdown, please note it is highly likely that your local food banks are in need of support. Honestly, we should always be supporting these things rather than depending on the government to do our charity for us. (Simcha Fisher)