- Here’s a fascinating article about how William Shakespeare’s quest for his own coat of arms may help prove his identity.
- An interview with Ron Padgett, who collaborated with director Jim Jarmusch to write the poems at the center of Jarmusch’s new film Paterson.
- Here’s something I had never heard of before: W. B. Yeats’s experiments with Japanese Noh theater.
- On Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian songwriter who won the Nobel Prize for literature 103 years before Bob Dylan.
- Here’s a sad story for you: a college English professor finds that her students refuse to read literature as anything other than the author’s autobiography.
- Here’s a happy story: earlier this month, the Library of Congress’s “Librarian for a Day” was a four-year-old girl who has read over 1,000 books.
- Another happy story about a woman who grew up in Iran and the great lengths she would go to as a child to get books.
- One from the archives at the Poetry Foundation, about Czeslaw Milosz, war, faith, and a Catholic priest who saved thousands of lives during the Nazi occupation of Poland.
- From Christopher at The Golden Echo, here’s how the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins finally came to the world’s attention, 25 years after his death.
And last but not least, Tom Hillman from Alas, Not Me found this awesome video of John Hurt (may he rest in peace) reciting Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” for Charlie Rose.