Category: General

  • Fine Art on YouTube

    Terry Teachout, the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, has effectively created a cultural video-on-demand site from material uploaded on YouTube. Read his article about it at WhoseTube? ArtsTube – Quote: YouTube, like the other new Web-based media, is a common carrier, a means to whatever ends its millions of users choose, be […]

  • Third Assignment: Juvenal, Wordsworth and Beethoven

    The theme for our next assignment is ‘From city to country’. Here’s the list of works we’ll be discussing: Satire III by Juvenal The Two-Part Prelude of 1799 by William Wordsworth Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth Symphony No.6 (Pastoral) by Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Download The Classics With Google

    Google Book Search now enables you to download PDF versions of out-of-copyright books and print them out for yourself. Examples of books available include: Ferriar’s The Bibliomania A futurist from 1881’s 1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century Aesop’s Fables Shakespeare’s Hamlet Abbott’s Flatland Hugo’s Marion De Lorme Dunant’s Eine Erinnerung an Solferino Bolívar’s Proclamas […]

  • Second Assignment: Faust, Schubert and Robert Johnson

    We agreed at the last meeting to absorb and discuss the following works for our next Culture Club meeting: Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe Seven songs by Franz Schubert The works of Robert Johnson There is a connection, with three of the Schubert songs being settings from Goethe’s Faust, and the works of Robert Johnson […]

  • Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled

    Despite its terrible title, Stephen Fry’s ‘The Ode Less Travelled’ is an excellent and highly approachable book for anyone who wants to understand the mechanics of writing poetry. It also helps to explain what makes good poetry good and great poetry great. The following quote expresses very well something that I take as fundamental to […]

  • The Birth of The Culture Club

    The four of us who make up the Culture Club first met on the 28th June, 2006. This was at AM’s invitation, with the stated aim of discussing works of art and culture of lasting value with others who have a passion for such things. It was a great night, enjoyed by all, and we […]