literature

Royal Poetry

August 31, 2012

The British Empire has been in the news quite a bit this year, particularly with the stellar ceremonies and nearly flawless production of the 2012 Summer Olympics (minus some last-minute security issues).  The Queen even parachuted out of the plane with James Bond as a stunt to commemorate the [...]

What if Shakespeare Grew Up in Iowa?

July 6, 2012

In the Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s production, the Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, our favorite farcical  Falstaff is a recently-failed presidential candidate who finds himself down and out in Windsor, where the wives are plentiful. So plentiful, in fact, that a few of them are married [...]

Comma, Errors

June 28, 2012

If you can make it through reading all of the comma errors in How Stuff Works’ article “10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas,” we’ll give you a gold star.  TSHS has one small quibble with this grammar article. In theory, number 6 is correctly cited as an error:  *** [...]

They Is

June 26, 2012

If you haven’t gotten a chance to read Tobias Wolff’s short story, “Bullet in the Brain” — you’re missing out. Not only is it a wonderful study on structure, time, and character, but the exceptional quality of language makes the piece stunning. We encourage our [...]