Alain de Botton Religion for Atheists

February 21, 2012

Alain de Botton is a believer – but not in God. Religion for Atheists begins and ends with the idea that secular society needs its own institutions that give space and support to our inner life. We need systems, structures, […]

Essay on Lillian Hellman’s play The Children’s Hour.

September 5, 2011

The story goes that Lillian Hellman was a writer in search of a subject when her new lover Dashiell Hammet passed her one of his own research sources – a story of whispering and defamation in a girls’school. Hammett, who […]

Essay on HBO Mini-Series Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet.

September 5, 2011

James M Cain’s 1940’s novel Mildred Pierce is better known as the 1946 movie that won Joan Crawford an Oscar in the title role. Classic film noir, its half-lit sets, full-lit close-ups, lop-sided shots and menacing music re-made Cain’s story […]

Off to find a wizard

March 5, 2011

The story of Dorothy, the Tin-Man, the Cowardly Lion, two witches, a wizard, a bunch of munchkins, a house, a tornado, a place called Oz, and the brave, if wayward, little Toto, is a modern fairy story with a venerable […]