Elizabeth Craven’s poem “What is a Pic Nic?”

Elizabeth Craven’s poem “What is a Pic Nic?”

From 1780-1820, “Dilettanti” or amateur theater aficionados organized theater groups. Among the most passionate, Louise Craven, Margravine of Ansbach, who wrote plays, produced and acted in them, persuaded her doting husband the Margrave of Ansbach to build her a...
Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic “

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic “

Charles Bukowski’s “Some Picnic ” is mean-spirited –what a picnic ought not to be. I rank it among the most unpleasant and psychologically cruel. When Bukowski says he, his girlfriend Jane and his parents picnicked and “made a...
Virgil’s Aeneid and the Trojans’ First Meal in Latium

Virgil’s Aeneid and the Trojans’ First Meal in Latium

Virgil’s Aeneid tells the story that when Aeneas and his troop landed in Latium, they were so hungry they ate the thick slices of stale bread that served as trenchers. This may seem insignificant, but according to prophecy this meant they had reached the place to...