Middle-Earth Midrash (part four)

December 29, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Continued from here, here, and here. “Quite a little fellow in a wide world”: Smallness, Significance, and Finding Balance  The Hobbit ends, in some sense, where it began: in Bilbo’s comfortable hole in the Shire. Bilbo, Gandalf, and Balin are enjoying the simple pleasures of a tobacco jar and each other’s company. Hearing of the […]

Diary of a Madman

March 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm by

I had the great pleasure of watching the interesting adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman”, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The script follows the plot of the original story, in which Poprishchin, a petty, pompous and overly ambitious clerk, descends into madness. We meet the protagonist as he is obsessing over […]