October 26, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Whiting winners have been announced.
A Shakespeare organization defends the Bard’s honor against the slander of Anonymous.
After all, “With its portrayal of William Shakespeare as a drunken buffoon who could hardly read, let alone write some of the finest poetry in the English language, Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous was unlikely to be popular with the Stratford set.”
Ditto Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.
We imagine Melville fans will be wary of Moby-Dick in space, too.
Speaking of Moby-Dick ...
Here’s one for purists: Tolkien’s original Hobbit illustrations.
A Harold Pinter sketch has been rediscovered.
Ditto a forgotten O’Neill one-act.
Protest for tots.
Tintin’s long shadow.
Authors’ heavy beards.
“From the moment Ron Shaoul took it upon himself to investigate the practice of reading on the toilet, scouring medical literature and turning up nothing of note as to its public health consequences, the situation became clear that here, on his hands, was a big job.”
Writers for the 99 percent.
Booksellers, spies ... two sides of the same coin!