The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.
But in thinking about the choice voters are facing -- to remain Scottish within Britain, or to become solely Scottish -- I was reminded that Scottish writers have been thinking about the themes of split personalities and multiple identities for the past few centuries.
Internationally acclaimed, their books have been translated into dozens of languages, and are regularly on best-seller lists. Peter and Ian are being interviewed together since they collaborated on a story in Face Off, a collection of short stories by some of the world's greatest thriller writers.
If someone grabbed you on the street and yelled in your face for the next two and a half hours, what would you do? Well, the cast of the Jekyll & Hyde revival at the Marquis scream until your eardrums are ready to burst.
I realize that continuing to slog through a novel that says "stop reading me" after 100 pages may pay dividends when I reach the end of the book. Dense can turn into sophisticated, confusing into illuminating.
Learn about this radical reenvisioning featuring standout performances by James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) and Gina Bellman (Coupling), plus corporate conspiracies, weird science and, oh yes, lesbian private detectives.
Fine children's books, like this one, teach the lesson that life is much more than oatmeal and putting one's toys away neatly: it is a place full of the bad, the good, and the wonderful, the wonderful often prevailing.