Happy Friday! This week’s links take a look at a festival, Jane Austen, McDonald’s in Florence, and more.
- Remember Ecce Homo (“Behold the Man”), the fresco of Jesus that was, uh, renovated a few years back? You know what the best way to preserve this memory in the seas of time? A comedic opera, that’s what.
- A festival dedicated to Virginia Woolf, the first of its kind, takes place November 25-27 in Monza, Italy.
- “Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong,” according to author Helena Kelly, who aims to set things straight in her novel Jane Austen, The Secret Radical, published earlier this month.
- Ronald Wimberly’s Prince of Cats, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that explores an early 80s inner city setting through the point of view of Tybalt, has been re-released in hardcover. It also includes this gem dedicated to an ice cream truck:
When heat doth bind gelled sandal to sidewalk, listen
For song that parts summer’s writhing miasma
And calls forth God’s wandering children
To the chariot of Mr. Soft-e.
- McDonald’s is suing the city of Florence for $20 million after the city refused the opening of a new location in the Piazza del Duomo. The real question is which side Machiavelli would take in this situation.
That’s all for this week. Core hopes you enjoy your Thanksgiving and eat abundantly! (And don’t forget to send any articles of interest to email@example.com.)