Four Halloween Costumes For Literature Lovers

There are plenty of great literary-inspired Halloween costumes out there, but here are some we’d like to see. 1)The Lady of Shallot, inspired by Tennyson’s 1832 poem and John William Waterhouse’s 1888 painting.  This costume is comprised of a medieval dress (or any other long dress) and a makeshift boat. We like the cardboard option posted Read More …

“Fat Buttery Words”: Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note

NPR’s All Things Considered is running a week-long feature on Shaun Usher’s recent book Letter’s Of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. It’s a fascinating compilation  (including both scanned copies and typed transcripts of each letter). You’ll recognize some of the collection’s writers and recipients  – Jack Kerouac to Marlon Brando, Amelia Earhart Read More …

Voice Exercises with the National Theater

We’ve been poking around Youtube recently, searching for vocal exercises to use in the classroom. We came across the National Theatre’s YouTube page – National Theater Discover. Check out its playlist devoted to vocal mini-lessons with Jeanette Nelson, the National’s Head of Voice. The techniques modeled in these videos are geared towards stage acting but could Read More …