The Best Seat in the House.

Following up on the truncated literary listicle, courtesy of my good friend Nick Benson, I'm going to give you a top-ten list of classical/theatrical performances you can watch from the comfort of your own cozy couch. It includes opera, plays, and a few movies that are mostly filmed performances. 

The first I’m going to recommend is actually a play within a play within a movie whose title alone made it instantly famous: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, usually shortened to Marat/Sade. Written in 1963 by Peter Weiss, a German/Swedish playwright, it burst on the scene and made waves everywhere with its stunning originality and black humor.

Watch the lunatics run the asylum >

Wicked Excellent Gifts for Smart Alecks.

New's Cool.

Word of the Week  (WoW)

Word of the Week (WoW)

Every week we give you an unusual word or expression, from our readings or meanderings, to expand your vocabulary, and enrich your lives. And also to show how smart and erudite we are.

N.B. The "uppity" tile is wild and can be any letter. In this case it's an "L" – CACKALACK is a derogatory slang term for a resident of South Carolina.


Here's a list of the other WoWs we've featured, in no particular order:

whistle pig - ground hog

spin – a flashy, disreputable man

piker – a cheapskate

snickersnee – a curved sword

sizzurp – adding cough syrup to a carbonated drink and used as a recreational drug; also called drank

shinbone alley – a seedy place known for bars and seedy venues

scrimshanker – a shirker, usually of military duties

recalicitrant – willfully disagreeable and rebellious

piloerection – the bristling of hairs

pantywaist – an effeminate or cowardly person

oosik – a walrus penis

mukluk – Eskimo sealskin boots

mingo – Iroquoian people and language

looper – inchworm

lagniappe – a gifted extra, e.g. a baker's dozen

keelhaul – punishment where a person is dragged under the keel of a ship


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