My Favourite (Dead) Playwrights*

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

George Bernard Shaw, 1909

George Bernard Shaw. 1909.

Some plays: Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Arms and the Man; Candida; Major Barbara; The Doctor’s Dilemma; Pygmalion; Heartbreak House; Saint Joan; The Apple Cart; The Millionairess.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906):

Henrik Ibsen  by Gustav Borgen, 1898 or earlier

Henrik Ibsen by Gustav Borgen. 1898 or earlier.

Some plays: Peer Gynt; Pillars of Society; A Doll’s House; Ghosts; An Enemy of the People; The Wild Duck; Hedda Gabler; The Master Builder.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904):

Anton Chekhov, 1900

Anton Chekhov. 1900.

Some Plays: The Bear; A Marriage Proposal; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard.

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975):

Thornton Wilder, Yale Graduation Photo 1920

Thornton Wilder’s Yale graduation photo. 1920.

Some plays: The Long Christmas Dinner; Our Town; The Merchant of Yonkers; The Skin of Our Teeth; The Matchmaker. Continue reading

Exit Mr. Shaw

George Bernard Shaw died on 2 November 1950. He was 94. Here he is as a younger man:

George Bernard Shaw, 6 August 1889

George Bernard Shaw, 6 August 1889 (from The Star)

Here he is in doll form:

Happy Birthday to My Love, George Bernard Shaw!

George Bernard Shaw was born on 26 July 1856:

George in my fave suit, 1909

1909: George Bernard Shaw looking dapper in a fab suit!

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”-George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island

Daily Diversion #216 (and a Bonus Recipe): Summer Corn

Food is magic, so it’s no wonder that I feel deeply, divinely alive and loved when The Chef cooks for me. His most recent culinary offering started like this:

Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is beautiful in and of itself, but my husband, The Chef,  decided to transform it into something even better! See below for details.

CHEF LEIGHTON’S GRILLED CORNFUSION

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 OR 6 EARS OF CORN ON THE COB
  • 1/2 OF A FRESH PINEAPPLE
  • HABANERO SUGAR
  • 6-8 THIN PATS OF BUTTER
  • SRIRACHA SALT, TO TASTE
  • DRIED CHILIES, TO TASTE

DIRECTIONS:

  1. GRILL THE EARS OF CORN USING YOUR PREFERRED METHOD. SLICE OFF THE KERNELS AND PLACE IN A MEDIUM BOWL.
  2. CUT THE PINEAPPLE INTO LARGE SLICES; RUB ONE SIDE OF EACH SLICE WITH A THIN LAYER OF HABANERO SUGAR. GRILL BOTH SIDES UNTIL SLIGHTLY BROWN. YOU CAN GRILL THE CORN AND THE PINEAPPLE AT THE SAME TIME. DICE THE PINEAPPLE AND ADD TO THE BOWL WITH THE CORN. STIR.
  3. ADD PATS OF BUTTER AND STIR WELL. ADD THE SALT AND CHILIES, TO TASTE, INCORPORATING FULLY.
  4. SERVE!
Corn

Grilled Cornfusion!

It is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and 100% marvelous! Kind of like a certain special someone I know…

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”-George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Shopping for the Bookworm: George Bernard Shaw Edition

George Bernard Shaw Quote Postcard  by Art by Nessa

George Bernard Shaw Quote Postcard by Art by Nessa. $2.50

LIFE Magazine Cover with George Bernard Shaw at Covenants

LIFE Magazine Cover with George Bernard Shaw at Covenants. $11.00

George Bernard Shaw Earrings by Wendy Ferguson Designs

George Bernard Shaw Earrings by Wendy Ferguson Designs. $12.00

George Bernard Shaw Biographical Drawing by Pagazine

George Bernard Shaw Biographical Drawing by Pagazine. $62.39

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George Bernard Shaw Shuffled Off This Mortal Coil 63 Years Ago Today

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

“I deal with all periods; but I never study any period but the present, which I have not yet mastered and never shall; and as a dramatist I have no clue to any historical or other personage save that part of him which is also myself…The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”-Preface to The Sanity of Art (1907), George Bernard Shaw

Daily Diversion #117: Alone Again, Naturally

This morning, I woke up next to our warm dogs in a cold bed. The Chef is back in Indiana. What could ever offer me appropriate solace? Why, a book on George Bernard Shaw and a hot cup of tea!

Shaw and Tea

Shaw and Tea to the Rescue

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”