Category Archives: 1900-1914

The Titanic: Wallace Hartley’s Violin

Their story is the stuff of legends: while surrounded by chaos, human instinct said they should escape to save their own life, eight musicians serenaded the passengers with “Nearer My God to Thee,” as the ship broke in two and … Continue reading

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T.S Eliot: Timeless Influence on a Modern Generation

I happened to overhear a conversation between two of my drama students- they were supposed to present T.S. Eliot’s work  in English that day, and they thought his poems were both boring and unintelligible. I interjected, and suggested that they … Continue reading

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Billy Idol & the Coral Castle- Testaments to Young Love

Many thirty- somethings will remember Billy Idol’s “Sweet Sixteen.”  A mild acoustic-tamed Billy Idol sings about the loss of a love with his typical sexy sneer. Few of us realize there is a real story behind the Video. The beginning … Continue reading

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Bluebeard: Fairy-tale or Horror?

The Parisian Charles Perrault helped to establish the modern day fairy tale. His novel “Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times with Morals,” was written in 1697. Rather than the clean aseptic fairy-tales we have today, his stories read like … Continue reading

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The Curious Combination of Beer and Mermaid

Her tale is a tragic one: attempting to be something she is not, and losing the man she loves.  In typical Disney fashion, her story is turned into a ‘happily ever after’ story. We know her as the “Little Mermaid,” … Continue reading

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