This week, dear Reader, you get five posts in one.
X, Y, Z, &. Thank-you to Mairead Small Stead and The Poetry Foundation for a fascinating look at the ampersand.
The Guardian is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by commissioning leading actors to perform some of the playwright's most famous soliloquies. Go on, let Adrian Lester (as Hamlet) or Ayesha Dharker (as Titania) mesmerize you in Shakespeare Solos.
Jacoba Urist at The Atlantic takes a look into how the AP art history course was revised to tackle cultural and racial bias.
Warning: Reading Sarah Lyall's article on Heywood Hill might make you yearn for the custom library of your dreams. (Or you could just join the bookstore's A Year in Books subscription.)
And finally, Agave Magazine contributor and former Poet Laureate of Texas Larry D. Thomas has released an expanded print edition of his chapbook, The Circus.