Who’s that man next to George? I don’t know but she’s kind of cute. You don’t have to be Venus Xtravaganza nowadays to want to call your boyfriend “She”. It is mostly men who do this. Women wonder where it leaves them. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas (letter of July 1894): I have no words for how I love you. This question of no words. No words that are legal. No words that do the trick. No words with a shock
all along the edge. How to get a shock. Apply something cold to something hot. Where to go for something cold. If it is winter, go outdoors. If it is gender, hesitate. All genders are hot, although the one you are in will generally seem less hot than the one you are out.
From Possessive Used as Drink (Me), a lecture on pronouns in the form of 15 Sonnets by Anne Carson.
Singer and artist Patti Smith reads from Oscar Wilde’s 100-page letter De Profundis, which he wrote during his two-year incarceration in Reading Prison.
For the first time this notorious prison has opened to the public where artists, writers, performers and ex-prisoners have been responding to the work of Wilde and the environment of the prison itself.
Don’t miss national treasure and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is now open to rave reviews at the Vaudeville Theatre, London for a strictly limited season.
Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus – regular player at Shakespeare’s Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.