The Happy End vs. The Noble End III: Navy Seal Edition

A while back I wrote a pair of articles on “The Happy End vs. The Noble End.”  The first article discussed our preference for endings in which the main character emerges victorious compared to the popular 19th Century ending in which the hero’s good deeds went unrewarded and unknown. I wrote in the first article: […]

Rupert Everett’s Depiction of Wilde’s Last Years in “The Happy Prince”

I am looking forward to Rupert Everett’s new film “The Happy Prince,” which tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s last years. It has a distributor and is “coming soon” but so far I’ve only had the opportunity to see trailers and clips. Having spent quite a few years researching that period, and the years that […]

Lord Alfred Douglas: Happy? Birthday

Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of Lord Alfred Douglas. I looked up some of what was written on social media to commemorate the auspicious event. Some highlights: “remembered as Oscar Wilde’s downfall…” …a “mean spirited mincing queen intent on self-destruction.”  In the end it was Wilde who was destroyed. Lord Alfred Douglas will go […]

Banned by My Boyfriend: A Memory of The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.”-Milan Kundera, The Unbearble Lightness of Being Way Back Wednesday is a Book Meme created by A Well Read Woman with the aim to write mini book reviews […]