Jealousy is the Green-Eyed Monster
Artist's Inspiration

Jealousy is the Green-Eyed Monster

Shakespeare originally coined the phrase “jealousy is a green-eyed monster” but it’s so widely circulated that today the expression has passed into common speech.  Why has this image endured for centuries?  What spared this characterization from fading into oblivion when so many others slipped into the dusty cracks of history?   I suspect it’s because no other writer … Continue reading

Writing as Seduction
Artist's Inspiration

Writing as Seduction

French-Russian novelist Francine Du Plessix Gray always begins her writing classes by asking students to compare the following sentences, the first from Nabokov’s memoir of his youth in pre-Revolutionary Russia, Speak Memory, the second from Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. “She turned on the steps to look back at me before descending into a jasmine-scented, … Continue reading