Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So I was thinking, why is it that the old artists never gave Shakepeare a smile? I'm sure the man who wrote As You Like It, A Midsimmer Night's Dream, and The Comedy of Errors didn't walk around looking glum all the time. . .
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I doubt there is any character in literature more fun to caricature than Horace Rumpole. Rumpole is a frumpy British barrister, and the central figure of John Mortimer's Rumpole short stories. Rumpole is old, weathered, skilled at cross-examination, enjoys the occasional cheroot and bottle of Pommeroy's plonk, and is fond of reminicing about his greatest success: the Penge Bulgalow Murders, which he won "alone and without a leader!" The Rumpole stories are a must-read for those interested in the legal profession, or for anyone who loves a good mystery, especially Sherlock Holmes. Or you might check out the television series, with the great Leo McKern as Rumpole.