“The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As we begin the next collection of short stories in the Holmes canon, it's always of benefit to first take stock of what it is we're reading, especially as time moves forward into an era very different than what the Victorians understood.  The collection The Last Bow, sometimes subtitled Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, begins … Continue reading “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

The world has had more than its fair share of high profile, controversial celebrities.  Name off the first ones that come to mind.  Now dig a little deeper and name some more.  They were amateurs.  Every last one of them lives in the shadow of Sarah Bernhardt.  From obscure beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of … Continue reading Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Departure of Túrin

In Húrin's absence, times are rough for Morwen.  She is poor, but she bitterly accepts alms to squeak by for the sake of Túrin and her unborn child.  The house slips into decay, and it is only by the aid of Aerin, a kinswoman, that she survives.  Aerin was taken by force by Brodda, an Easterling … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Departure of Túrin