“Levelling up” in 1873

I was reading “The Intellectual Life” by P.G. Hamerton the other day, as you do. It’s a book of hypothetical letters to some imaginary friends around the theme of being a proper Victorian intellectual (it was published in 1873.) And in one essay, I was much amused to find an unexpectedly-modern usage of the term… Read more »

More D.H. Lawrence poetry: Malade and One Woman to All Women

I do like D. H. Lawrence’s poetry. It’s mostly well-written, thoughtful stuff, without (too often) being stuffy, pompous or boring. So, last month I recorded a couple for the LibriVox Short Poetry Collection. Malade is a sickbed poem, straightforward and elegant. [audio:http://www.archive.org/download/short_poetry_083_librivox_0911/malade_lawrence_cs.mp3] (1:43min) One Woman to All Women is harder for me to get my… Read more »

Kipling’s Explanation and a Navajo Liturgy

Yes, I have indeed been at the poetry this month … another two pieces of mine have just hit the catalogue. Rudyard Kipling’s The Explanation was last week’s LibriVox Weekly Poetry, and saw quite a good turnout – I’m one of 16 people who recorded it. A simple little poem, it was something quick to… Read more »

New solo complete: Royal Children of English History

I came across this lovely book about a month ago. Shortly after, a partner-in-crime whizzed it through Distributed Proofreaders in most accomplished style, and it was stored at Project Gutenberg. Preserving all its charming illustrations, and quite a bit of the book’s layout, I might add! And then I took a holiday and recorded it,… Read more »