Stephanie Washburn’s “Twice Told”
By Danielle Sommer, April 24, 2012, DailyServing What makes a tale “twice told”? For Nathaniel Hawthorne, who published a collection called Twice Told Tales, these were stories that had already lived one life by having been previously printed. And for William Shakespeare, who coined the phrase, a “twice-told tale” was the most tedious tale of the lot, borrowed and uninspired. Shakespeare,...
Homes with Swimming Pools
by Danielle Sommer, April 10, 2012, DailyServing The New York City Department of Education drew all kinds of mockery last week after someone leaked a list of 50-plus banned words off of one of its Request for Proposals (RFP). In this case, the RFP had been sent to a variety of publishers the city hoped might revamp its standardized English and math tests. The banned words were meant to...
The Legacy of Thomas Kinkade (Radio Segment)
(Radio segment produced for the Patt Morrison program, 89.3 KPCC) Was Thomas Kinkade, who passed away on April 6, a great American artist à la Norman Rockwell and Currier and Ives, or just one more banal genre artist among many? What is it about his ready-to-hang living room oils that people find so attractive or repulsive? Besides paintings and lithographs, the self-named Painter of Light™...