Social commentator, novelist, orator. With the documentary based on him now in the Oscars discussion, why not get better acquainted with James Baldwin?
George Orwell has recently shot back into prominence after 1984 sold out on Amazon, but what of the man, and what lessons can we learn from him in 2017?
The transformative, yet oft-ignored jazz wizard Thelonius Monk is in the Google chair this week. Get better acquainted with genius, Daddy-o.
The term “Kafkaesque” is bandied about the round table of discussion, but what the hell does it mean? And what of the man’s body of work?
A man whose life was as macabre and mysterious as his work, Edgar Allan Poe is one name who should be Googled … forevermore.
Enemy of the State, moralist, and voice of the people … but what made Dostoevsky Dostoevsky and why does his work still resonate?
The Big Smoke spoke with the mind behind the aesthetically gorgeous @tassiegrammer to get the story behind the images. Unfiltered.
Loretta Barnard scales the soaring heights of the adaptable, yet unique composer Igor Stravinsky.
Devoted Bardite Loretta Barnard has taken it upon herself to explain the brilliance of William Shakespeare to you haters, in plain English.