Archive for the ‘Biography’ Category

Serena Williams’s Extraordinary Wimbledon and Ordinary Motherhood


(New Yorker) – Louisa Thomas:

By drawing attention to her struggles with motherhood, Serena Williams invites us to view her return with that much more awe: the harder the challenge, the more glorious the comeback. …

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HBO: Being Serena


Karl Marx


(The Conversation::Politics) – James Muldoon, Robert Jackson:

As the world reflects on 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx, his writings are being sampled by more and more people. If you’re new to the work of one of the greatest social scientists of all time, here’s where to start. …

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Karl Marx

The Young Karl Marx


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I recently watched this film that covers the period when the young Marx became friends with Friedrich Engels, a relationship that lasted a lifetime. It deals with the period from 1843-1849, a time as Marx, his wife Jenny, and his young daughter moved from Paris to Brussels before ending up in London. The film ends with Marx and Engels publishing The Communist Manifesto. …

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The Young Karl Marx, 2017 film

Shakespeare: The Legacy


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Well, that about wraps up Shakespeare Month! Let’s just take a quick look at Shakespeare’s incredibly prolonged afterlife. …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespeare: The Legacy

Chasing Hillary


(WP Books) – Carlos Lozada:

Amy Chozick, the lead New York Times reporter on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, believes that the news media’s focus on Clinton’s private e-mail server – a story the Times broke and that Chozick would write about extensively – was excessive.

She contends that sexism played a big role in Clinton’s defeat but also encounters it first-hand among Clinton’s campaign staff. And while she hammers the candidate for having no clear vision for why she sought the presidency, Chozick allows that competence, experience and policy were hardly selling points in 2016, when it “turned out a lot of people just wanted to blow s— up.” …

Memoirs are supposed to be self-involved – that’s the point of the exercise. The thing about Chozick’s memoir, though, is that it’s also about being self-involved. For a second you almost forget that Clinton is running against Trump. …

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Amy Chozick: Chasing Hillary - Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling

Shakespeare: The End


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Shakespeare Month is winding down, as is our boy Will’s theatrical career. …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespeare: The End

Shakespeare: The Theatres


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Shakespeare Month at Good Tickle Brain continues with a look at two of the physical spaces that defined so much of Shakespeare‘s career. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Shakespeare: The Theatres


Amazon Apologizes for Shipping Ten Thousand Copies of Comey’s Book to White House


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called any speculation that Trump had ordered Comey’s book “absurd,” adding, “The President does not order reading material.” …

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James Comey: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Shakespeare: The Playwright


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

When we last left Will, he was stuck in the Lost Years, but now he’s made it to London and is ready to start writing plays! …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespeare: The Playwright

Shakespeare: The Youth


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s continue our journey through the timeline of Shakespeare‘s life with today’s installment taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s salad days in Stratford-upon-Avon. …

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Mya Gosling: Shakespeare: The Youth