March 5, 2016 Mark Schreiber

  Why didn’t history’s greatest playwright ever write a novel? Why didn’t the author of one history’s great novels focus his career on the stage?   The two were contemporaries. Cervantes was born in 1547, Shakespeare seven years later. Both died in 1616, a few days apart. Why did they choose such different literary paths?…

March 5, 2016 Mark Schreiber

Having low immunity, I treat the coughs and sneezes of those around me like shrapnel. So when a coarse-looking man continually sneezed in my direction on the Seoul metro at afternoon rush hour, oblivious to the health of his fellow passengers, I fled to the far side of the car.   On the packed escalator…