Here is this Sunday’s Smorgasbord.
Staging Titus Andronicus: There has been much interest in using digital tools for education and teachers from elementary schools to universities are experimenting with ways to use their students’ technological prowess. The New York Times carried an article about an interesting way that a Bryn Mawr professor is helping her students relate to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The Theatron3 website allows the students to have a very real experience of how the play would have worked in the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare’s works were stages. The palpable reality of the experience makes the play come alive. The Theatron website includes many of the ancient world’s exciting theaters such as the Odeion of Agrippa and the Theatre of Pompey. Take a peek at the Globe here:
Art Lover as Couch Potato: For a while now we have been hearing about museums bringing their collections online. The idea that I can sit at home and tour the best world museums is exhilarating. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced recently that it is offering free access to high-resolution images of its extensive collection through its Image Library. So, today I got to sit and browse through a range of images from Ancient Chinese Art to German Expressionism and got to see this haunting 17th century painting by Georges de la Tour called The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame.
Taylor Outlives Obit Writer: In one of those stories that falls under “Life’s Little Ironies,’ I read a piece in the Huffington Post that the New York Times obituary writer who drafted the famous actress’ obit died in 2005. It is an accepted, though macabre, practice of major publications to have an obituary prepared for famous people to handle potentially tight deadlines. In this case, the obit writer Mel Gussow got his piece published last week following Elizabeth Taylor’s demise on Wednesday. The obituary was published crediting Gussow as principal writer with “William McDonald and the Associated Press contributed updated reporting.” RIP Gussow and Taylor.