Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Sondheim’s Rhymes: Pointing Sense

Rhyme is a device to which Stephen Sondheim pays meticulously precise care and attention; he opens Finishing the Hat, the first volume of his 2010 autobiography, with an essay entitled Rhyme and its Reasons. Alexander Pope wrote in 1711 of the power of “sure returns...

Ed Sheeran and the Romance of Class

Ed Sheeran and the Romance of Class

In December 2015 Ed Sheeran announced a break from his phone, emails, and social media. Explaining his reasoning on Instagram, Sheeran blamed “miss[ing]” things in the real world because of technology’s reliance on “seeing the world through a screen”[1]. The idea is...