by dr ngo!
I'm just reading Giles Milton, Nathaniel's Nutmeg - which actually is about a mariner named Nathaniel (Courthope) and his search for nutmeg – and came across this wonderful sentence:
One of the more popular books [of 16th century England] was Andrew Borde's Dyetary of Health, a guide to good living which earned the author even more fame than his seminal Treatyse upon Beardes.
Milton goes on to expatiate upon the Dyetary, but I, being of hirsute persuasion, find myself more intrigued by the Treatyse upon Beardes and wondering why no one has seen fit to reprint such a “seminal” work. Surely the world waits, like the cat who ate cheese and sat just outside the mousehole, with bated breath!
This in turn, along with the Tonys, led me to ponder the whole question of revivals, from the award-winning Pippin to the proposed Hedwig and the Angry Inch, to star Neil Patrick Harris. The Metropolitan Opera, which brought back Francesca da Rimini last season, now tantalizes us with Shostakovich's The Nose. One scarcely knows whether to cry or laugh (in that order).
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to nominate one or more creative works of the past that should, in your opinion, be reprinted or revived, OR, conversely, to name those that not only should not be revived, but ought to be ploughed under and sowed with salt, so that no life might ever spring from their dead seeds.