birthday boy • The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the full programme for its year-long Complete Works Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. The festival, which launches on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April 2006, is the first time that all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems have been staged at the same event.
meow • apparently Lilliam Hellman was a self promoting, back biting, lying bitch! Who knew? i LOVE that! Marion Meade has written a piece for BookForum magazine about Hellman’s efforts to thwart her late ‘best friend’ Dorothy Parker’s posthumous wishes. NPR has a nice interview with biographer Meade.
essay • Eve Claxton the editor of The Book of Life talks about collecting and New York Antiquarian Book Fair which opened today.
big brother • NPR’s David Folkenflik gives us a piece about the FBI’s desire to rape and pillage the papers of the Late Jack Anderson.
talky talk • from the NYT Two Literary Festivals Will Highlight Endangered Languages.
lies & damn lies • Jeff Shannon reviews the new documentary about still lurking the Protocols of Zion.
bound and gagged • apparently booktowns aren’t all they are cracked up to be, and the new world order of stifling dissent has reached into our quaint profession. Atherstone resident and Booktown critic James Holdaway has been banned from questioning the popular wisdom of those making the decisions, so he has turned to Mike Goodenough at the Bookguide to publish his contrary comments.
talking head • short interview with John Saul who talks about going from temp typist to best-selling author.
fetishes • This guy collects business cards and wants to get to a million…perhaps i should send him MY business card collection.
more audio from the BBC Ulster • that nurtured world-class poets and authors, including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, and has influenced the arts in Northern Ireland to this day. A list of more BBC bookish audio prgrams.
paper arts • more origami portraits