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Grove at Home: January 17-23

Welcome to Grove at Home!

Every weekday, from now until we’re all out of the house again, we’ll be sharing a couple of links — some fresh, some from the vault — to say hi, remind you to keep reading, and let you know what’s on our minds.

Friday, January 22

Helen Mirren as Miss Julie

Today marks the 172nd anniversary of the birth of August Strindberg, the legendary playwright, novelist, and theorist often considered the father of modern Swedish literature. In 1971, the Royal Shakespeare company staged a production Miss Julie, one of Strindberg’s most admired, performed, and studied plays, starring Helen Mirren and Donal McCann. The following year, John Glenister and Robin Phillips directed a TV adaptation of that staging. We publish Miss Julie in One Act, a collection of eleven one-act plays edited by Samuel Moon, and today we’re celebrating by watching the screen adaptation, anchored by Mirren and McCann’s splendid performances.

 

Roxane Gay on reproductive freedom

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s historic decision in Roe v. Wade, which established Americans’ right to access abortion as a Constitutional guarantee. Here, from 2012, is Roxane Gay’s powerful essay “The Alienable Rights of Women,” originally published in The Rumpus. It’s a searing look at the state of women’s reproductive freedoms from one of the most trenchant and admired cultural commenters writing today.