We love a good duel. Specifically, the kind involving honor, intrigue and (if possible) flintlock pistols.
So we were pleased to see a new duel-centric anthology coming down the transom from Melville House. It’s a box set of five novellas—each titled “The Duel”—from authors like Chekhov, Joseph Conrad and Giacomo Casanova, who knew a thing or two about escaping angry spouses. It’s machismo at its most restrained and idealistic—and a Dusting Off waiting to happen. Let us know if you need a good dueling glove…
Last time Scottish actor Alan Cumming caught our eye, he was sporting the latest in equestrian chic. For this, his second MOTH conquest, he would at first glance appear to be dressed much more conservatively—but only at first glance.
We find this triple-black ensemble of his, worn to the premiere of a new off-Broadway production of Chekhov's *The Seagull* in which he co-stars, to be of equal interest. It's rescued from the mundane by the dressy elements, the textural appeal, and an offbeat approach to the old 'black tie' chestnut.