Simon Russell Beale (Creative Commons photo)
British actor Simon Russell Beale, asked by the Guardian about his recent "cultural highlights," plugs William Blake Vs. the World by John Higgs:
"Blake is a complete mystery to me. I’d recognise an artwork, but as for his writing, I was limited to “Tyger Tyger, burning bright” and the words of Jerusalem. So I’m loving this book, which charts Blake’s extraordinary imaginative life – this mythological reading of reality that he invented, or discovered. You start to think: 'Oh my God, that artist has been somewhere in my consciousness for the whole of my life, but I know absolutely nothing about them.' There’s a whole world just on my doorstep that I didn’t realise existed."
If you follow the link, Beale also recommends a classical music podcast by Joshua Weilerstein that covers Beethoven's symphonies and Stravinsky, two composers Robert Anton Wilson was interested in.