[Milton-L] Exhibit and link

Nancy Charlton pastorale55 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 23 22:14:11 EDT 2008

AS Byatt in today's Guardian reviews an exhibit Compton Verney, Warwickshire, "The Fabric of Myth." This article traces relationships of literature to spinning and weaving. This encompasses things as diverse as "Lycidas" and Kevlar. As to the former, she notes the ferocity of "the blind Fury with th' abhorred shears/ Slits the thin-spun life. As to the latter, with so much literary spinning being done by spiders she notes in passing that some goats have been bio-engineered to secrete a spider protein stronger than Kevlar that has been made super-strong by spider genes. "Two of these goats, Webster and Pete, have been bred in Canada to transmit spider genes to their offspring."

This show runs to September 7, so IMS9 attendees might venture into Shakespeare country for this.

Nancy Charlton


Nancy Charlton

Be frustrate, all ye stratagems of hell,
And, devilish machinations, come to nought! (PR I.180-181)
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