Melpomene and Thalia have it out

If the theme of comedy (in the oldest sense) is reconciliation and restoration, as Holly wrote in her piece about Thalia, then tragedy must be the opposite – a tale of the irreconcilable and broken. Therefore, in addition to being a great dancer and singer on the weekends, Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, makes her …

Thalia speaks good news: The happy ending is true!

We typically associate comedy with humor - jokes, pratfalls, puns - but it's not all about the laughter! There's an older definition of comedy that is broader and deeper, and one that we see very clearly in Shakespeare's plays. The Bard includes comic characters and scenes in nearly all his plays, even the tragedies (consider the …

When a song knows you

By Robert Rife On that rare occasion when comes a song that catches in your throat and your moistened eyes lift; your heart swells and your tongue cleaves in silence to the roof of your dry, gaping mouth, one can only listen… Music has wafted its way through the corridors of this boy’s life without …

Incarnational Invention: Peter Jackson “retells” Bilbo

  Incarnational Invention: Peter Jackson “retells” Bilbo by Andrew Lazo Warts and all, I love Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies.  That said, I have little doubt that J. R. R. Tolkien himself would have loathed them. And in this, I suggest that he would have been perhaps shortsighted and even maybe wrong. I think if anyone should …