Weekly Round-Up, 8-19-17

Bon weekend, Corelings! We hope these last few weeks of summer break are treating you well. Now onto the links:

  • ICYMI: The Core minor is now live. This is BIG, folks.
  • A solar eclipse is scheduled for this Monday, August 21. If you are currently in Boston, the best time to witness the event (taking care not to burn your eyeballs) is between the hours of 1:30 PM and 4 PM.
  • Mark Twain once wrote a book asking Is Shakespeare Dead?, in which he basically insinuated that Shakespeare did not, in fact, write his own plays. Joe Falocco, author of Is Mark Twain Dead?, speculates that Twain was butthurt that he could not hang with/be Shakespeare. Sounds reasonable.
Is Shakespeare dead?  We may never know.

Is Shakespeare dead? We may never know. Shakespeare by John Taylor, 1610. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

  • Young Marx, sequel to The Young Pope a play regarding Karl Marx’s time in Soho, is coming soon to the recently opened Bridge Theatre in London. Meanwhile, in Manchester, fans of communism’s favorite drinking buddies Marx and Engels will be sorry to hear that the pub that housed–allegedly–discussions of “communist revolution” is now “closed until further notice.
  • Graphic novel Heretics! by Steven and Ben Nadler, published by Princeton University Press (and going for the princely sum of $44.99), illustrates “The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy,” a tale that includes familiar characters like Hobbes, Spinoza, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton.
  • Wilde About Whitman, the master’s thesis-turned-play by playwright/librettist/performance artist David Simpatico, details the meeting of Whitman fanatic Oscar Wilde and his idol in an event tinto the beginning of Wilde’s career and the end of Whitman’s. It will be read tonight by A Howl of Playwrights at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, New York.

That’ll do it! Remember to come back next week for more updates in the world of great books!

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