Ooh, thanks for the link to the James Shapiro piece - that was most interesting - I shall go and see if my local library has any of the titles he mentioned.
Embedded just below is a brief but completely convincing demo of a full-length interactive book for the iPad and iPhone. It comes in the form of a February TEDtalk by Mike Matas from Push Pop Press, and in four minutes of video he showcases their edition of Al Gore's new Our Choice. Mike says that they are building a tool for other publishers to licence to make comparable titles. Yes, please. Once you've taken a look at this, go to the jump for further (and more conventional) reading recommendations.
• Memorabilia. Collecting sounds with... Rick Prelinger: fascinating interview with the archivist and collector @footage -- download (it's very long) and read at leisure.
• Criss cross - spy films of the cold war: Michael Brooke in Sight & Sound is very good on post-war movies on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
• Forking tracks - Source Code: David Bordwell is as good as ever on innovating with narrative strategies on contemporary Hollywood.
• Performing arts: Luke McKernan at The Bioscope is more measured than me (here) in his support for the BFI's new catalogue of performing arts on film and television; Cine-tourism is another very good Bioscope post this week, with some terrific links.
• Death or glory: Max Hastings in the Financial Times on war photography.
• The reality principle: for the New Yorker Kelefa Sanneh reflects on the rise and rise of reality television.
• From genre to form: a response to Jason Mittell on The Wire: Caroline Levine offers a thoughtful reply to Mittell's essential essay All in the game: The Wire, serial storytelling, and procedural logic.
• Adam Curtis - have computers taken away our power?: preview with a clip of the essential new documentary series that starts 23 May.
• Robert Darnton's errors: last Sunday's list included Robert Darnton's short provocation 5 myths of the information age; in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Bauerlein convincingly critiques Darnton's points: 'Often, his statements don’t address the core issue of each [myth], and they misconstrue the myth or invoke evidence that is either irrelevant or just plain wrong.'
• Tweeting at the theatre? Really?: good thoughts from Christine Twite about tweeting along with the BBC screening of the Royal Ballet's Alice in Wonderland, Stratford East's 'tweetzone' and Bertolt Brecht.
• A truly new genre: Alexandra Juhasz reflects on the publication by MIT Press earlier in the year of her video book Learning from YouTube; although they are working with different tech, this makes a useful complement to Mike Matas' demo above.
• For these players, all the train's a stage: nice report from the Wall Street Journal blog about two Brooklyn thesps who act out scenes from the Bard on subway trains - 'All their selections from the tragedies come from either Act 3, where the action typically rises, or Act 5, where everyone dies. (Passengers simply aren’t interested in exposition, they say.)' (thanks to @ProfShakespeare)
• James Shapiro on Shakespeare biographies: five of the best selected for The Browser's regular feature - 'Peter Holland’s entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which is now accessible online, is the best biography of Shakespeare you’ve never heard of.'
• The Ibsen nobody knows: I was quite proud of my phrase 'rarer than an Ibsen farce' in the draft of an article this week... and then I read this piece by Alfred Hickling.
• The weird beauty of the well-told tale: Charles Simic reviews Tea Obréht's new The Tiger's Wife which I've just finished; both this New York Review of Books article and the novel itself are highly recommended.
My very first subway ride in New York was punctuated by a sprawling (literally all over the passengers myself included) Romeo/ Tybalt bust up. Hammy but very amusing.
Hi, John, I absolutely love the idea of Shakespeare on the subway! I'll try to check it out on my next trip to New York. Thanks for providing the link.