Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A. H. Bullen on Thomas Middleton

One of Middleton's early editors, A. H. Bullen, wrote:

I have read at various times much indifferent verse and much execrable verse, but I can conscientiously say that The Wisdom of Solomon Paraphrased is the most damnable piece of flatness that has ever fallen in my way.

Cited in: Wells, Stanley. Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

David Bowie on art

All art is unstable. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings.

— David Bowie via The Guardian.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Easy Peach Cobbler

Southern Living

1/2 cup unsalted butter 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
2 cups sugar, divided into 1 cup portions
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon baking powder 
Pinch of salt 
4 cups fresh peach slices 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional) 


  1. Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish or casserole.
  2. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
  3. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
  4. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.


  • You can use frozen peaches, or canned, or cherries or blueberries or blackberries or raspberries, or a mixture. Consider draining some of the syrup off and adjusting the sugar for canned fruit. 
  • You absolutely do not need 1 cup of sugar in the fruit mixture. Adjust the sugar after tasting the fruit, especially if you're using canned or sugar-packed frozen fruit. You want to taste the fruit, but you also want to have a fruit juice and sugar syrup that thickens (and you can cheat by adding a little flour or corn starch and using less sugar). 
  • With some judicious pouring and butter distribution, you can use smaller individual cobbler dishes. 
  • Serve with ice cream on warm cobbler, or even heavy cream. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Two Questions to Ask When Decluttering

From Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist To Declutter Any Room, Ask These Two Questions

Those two questions: “Do I need it?” and “Why do I have it?” form the basis for your best decluttering efforts going forward. They will prove to be enlightening and will open up new ideas about what items to keep and what items to remove.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rachel Maddow on Coming Out

The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you've just told them. —Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow on Feminism

Feminism is itself a challenge. Feminism is a challenge to the way things are in the world. It is by definition an oppositional movement, because it’s trying to accomplish something. I’ve never felt like feminism was a consciousness raising effort in isolation. Everything about feminism is about getting something in the world to get better for women, and to get the world to be less stupid on gender bifurcation terms. I think that feminism over time gets better, or it gets better and worse and better and worse at achieving the goals that it’s trying to achieve, but the overall mission stays the same. I guess I don’t think of it as feminism versus anti-feminism; I sort of think of it as feminism versus the world. I don’t think of it as a competition; there’s no winning. In feminism, you’re always trying to make stuff better. It’s opposition to which you cannot attribute a tally. —Rachel Maddow

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Let's face it, writing is hell.

I get a fine, warm feeling when I’m doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let’s face it, writing is hell.

William Styron (June 11, 1925–November 1, 2006). Interviewed in The Paris Review. (Spring 1954,
No. 5).

Styron wrote The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967) and Sophie's Choice (1979, among other things.