Best Literature Smackdown: Maud Gonne’s Response to William Butler Yeats

by Regina Kenney I want to share my favourite literature smackdowns of all time. William Butler Yeats was hopelessly in love with a phenomenal woman named Maud Gonne. He pursued her relentlessly and asked to marry her many times. Many of Yeats' poems were inspired by Gonne including, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven", … Continue reading Best Literature Smackdown: Maud Gonne’s Response to William Butler Yeats

4 Literature Gems Just Waiting to Become Shared-Universe Movie Franchises

by Lee Cross Once upon a time, there was a modestly budgeted movie (well relatively, it’s pretty messed up that tens of millions of dollars isn’t considered to be that much… but it isn’t) called Ironman. It was a movie about a self-obsessed billionaire, acting like a self-obsessed billionaire. Well, that’s one way of looking … Continue reading 4 Literature Gems Just Waiting to Become Shared-Universe Movie Franchises

What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

by Simon Critchlow  The baroque period is generally considered as being from around 1650-1750 and the classical period from around 1750-1830. To illustrate the changes in style between these two periods, I’ve chosen two pieces by the titans of each era: J.S. Bach in the Baroque corner and Mozart in the Classical corner. The two … Continue reading What is the difference between Baroque and Classical Music?

17 Books That Make Perfect Christmas Presents For The Bookworm In Your Life

by Lee Cross Right about now the high street is doing its annual ramp up, and the bookshops are no exception. One glance at the shelves is enough to tell you that pretty much every big-ticket thriller writer has a book out, and if you take a closer look you’ll notice a few of the … Continue reading 17 Books That Make Perfect Christmas Presents For The Bookworm In Your Life