by C. Reeder Horace Walpole (1717-97) wrote a ghost story, but not just any ghost story. The dire events and super-sized shade of Prince Alfonso in The Castle of Otranto spooked the reading public, and catapulted Walpole to literary fame. Otranto was criticized for its thin characters, and outlandish machinations (Clery, Rise 84), but others, […]

WALLACE STEVENS took to heart Kakuzo Okakura’s question, “When will the West understand, or try to understand, the East?” Okakura’s 1906 treatise on the Chan Buddhist and/or Zen infused tea ceremony, “The Book of Tea,” fell into Stevens’ hands by way of his Harvard acquaintances, Walter Bynner and Arther D. Ficke (Willis). His first national […]

Enter stage right. THEATRE OF THE MUSE™ REAL THEATRE FOR EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY Mission: Model THEATRE OF THE MUSE™ after the church structure with franchise potential. People would recognize comfortable parallels. A Minister/Reverend/Priest would now be the Director. The Choir is on call for all the Musicals. The Musical Director, Dance Captain, Stage Manager, […]

1. In the beginning The Muse created the words and the music. 2. Now humankind was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of their souls, and the Spirit of The Muse hovered over. 3. And The Muse said, “Let there be light,” and the stage was lit. 4. And the Muse saw that […]