Monthly Archives: December 2012

Grendel as Grinch

Every Scylding in Heorot liked mead a lot, But Grendel the beast, roaring outside did not. Grendel hated Scyldings, the whole Danish clan. Can I say why? I don’t think I can. He spied on the Scyldings, he fumed and he wailed. He watched as in Heorot they drank mead and drank ale. “How can […]

Why is no one talking about mental health care?

In the wake of yet another mass killing, I’ve seen countless calls for  gun control but no one is mentioning the other item that goes hand in hand with these tragedies: mental illness. To be clear, I’m not opposed to better gun control laws, especially with respect to handguns. However, as Prohibition and the war […]

Natasha Trethewey

I had the opportunity to hear Natasha Trethewey, the US Poet Laureate*, speak at the NOLA public library this week. I wasn’t familiar with her work, and how often do you get a chance to hear a Pulitzer Prize winner? While the Poet Laureate position is created by the Library of Congress, Ms. Trethewey has […]

Katrina Trilogy

Last week I attended a session of the Words and Music festival and got to hear a short reading from John Biguenet‘s new play Mold. The scene we heard was impressive, and I’m looking forward to the show when it premiers next March at Southern Rep. There was a discussion afterwards and Mr. Biguenet discussed the […]