The Great Authorial Hookup Chart
), or how to connect Bram Stoker to Arthur Miller in 12 connections, and from Oscar Wilde to Roald Dahl in 12 romances (or how to make distracted students pay attention to English and History), from Black Balloon Publishing
's Airship Daily blog
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How syphilis took Europe by storm during the 1490s, and the far reaching effects it's had ever since
900 caricatures of noted Victorian and Edwardian personages
from British society magazine Vanity Fair
which ran from 1868 to 1914. Among those pictured are Oscar Wilde
, Benjamin Disraeli
, Herman Melville
, Alfred Dreyfus
, Teddy Roosevelt
, Gustave Eiffel
and Charles Boycott
(from whose name comes the word). A couple are mildly not safe for work, a few quite racist, as was the prevalent attitude of the time, and at least one is both
Over 2000 classic short stories
from American Literature
as well as an option to sign up for a short story of the day
rss feed. Among the authors on offer are Kate Chopin, Saki, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Jack London, James Joyce, Willa Cather, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Herman Hesse, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Honoré de Balzac, Edith Warton, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Leo Tolstoy, Aldous Huxley, Roald Dahl, Henry James, Katherine Mansfield and I could keep going for a while. The point is, there's over 2000 short stories in there.
The Niagara Fortissimo.
“Mahler was to conduct in Buffalo, New York, and we took advantage of the trip to visit Niagara Falls. We spent hours near and even under the roaring falls... and then with that roar still in his ears Mahler went to conduct Beethoven’s ‘Pastorale’. I was waiting for him as he stepped off the podium. ‘Endlich ein fortissimo!
,’ he said, ‘At last a fortissimo!’” The fortissimo in question is Beethoven's, not Niagara's. The point, as Alma elaborates it in her memoirs
, is that music can offer experiences more overpowering than Nature itself — a kind of extreme aestheticism that Oscar Wilde also propounded in "The Decay of Lying
" when he said that most sunsets are attempts at second-rate Turners. More inside.
The Ballad of a Feller Named Oscar Wilde
( -mp3 link
-, 5.13mb )
Found from the homepage of Joe. R. Lansdale
, Champion Mojo Storyteller of Nagadoches, Texas (author of the story upon which Bubba Ho-Tep
was based) and is, apparently, based on an actual event. Linked here because, well, because honestly we could all use a little more Dr. Demento in our lives.