lockdown, I’ve refound Letters of note. Compiled
by Shaun Usher, it’s 125 letters ‘deserving of a wider audience’. Letters from
people like Bill Hicks, Charles Darwin, Dickens and Jack The Ripper. Some have
scans of handwritten sheets, all are (mercifully!) transcribed. Fascinating
just about covers it.
– Sam Crosby
Two Books! The
Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep. ‘A love letter to literature’ with
literary characters being read in and out of being, with extraordinary
consequences. A divine distraction.
by Paul Evans. The summer time story of the months that Janet Frame lived in
renowned NZ author’s (Frank Sargesson) garden shed and how she played with
words, and his sanity.
– Jane Berney
I recommend Front Row Late on
BBC iPlayer. Series 7 Episode 1. Mary Beard hosts from her home study.
Margaret Atwood and her sister Ruth,
in isolation in Canada, perform their TableTop Puppet Production of Edgar Allan
Poe’s short story, The Red Death; actor Emma Thompson reflects on mortality, by
reading a John Donne poem while in isolation in Scotland; and critic Shahidha
Bari discusses Titian’s mythological masterpieces at the National Gallery.
This may all sound rather morbid. But
I found great solace in it. And it seemed very apt for our times.
Also, on YouTube there is Shakespeare’s
Globe live streaming at 7pm on Mondays. And The National
Theatre live streaming at 7pm on Thursdays.
– Faye Sharpe
Unorthodox is currently the best
thing going on Netflix. It’s the story of a young woman (mesmerisingly played
by Shira Haasas) who tries to escape from her ultra-orthodox Jewish community
in New York. Based on a memoir by Deborah Feldman, it’s beautifully written,
acted (partly in Yiddish with subtitles) and filmed – an astounding insight
into another world. Take a look too at the extra bit showing how it was made.
I’ve been catching up on Quiz, ITV’s three-parter about Charles Ingram’s notorious Who Wants to be a Millionaire *cough* win. Great cast. Highly entertaining. Just watch it. Worth it for Michael Sheen as Chris Tarrant alone!