My Copy: 9780451531988 (image from amazon.com) From the bloody violence of Titus yesterday comes a story of ridiculous love story and play for Valentine's Day (that was a coincidence, by the way, I just finished it last night). Anyway, Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of a master wordsmith and poet who is a gallant champion … Continue reading Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
My Copy: 9780199267170 Well, I'd heard this was one of Shakespeare's "lesser tragedies," and thanks to all the blood and death in the pages, I have to wonder--what was he going through when he wrote the damned thing? Titus Andronicus (long title: The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus) is about Titus, a general who … Continue reading “Titus Andronicus,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I first saw The Great Dictator when I was writing a grad school research paper. I'd read contemporary articles about the film and its reception, and always saw it on "top comedies" lists, but never watched it til I finally bought the Criterion Collection version. I'm one of those people who love to watch the … Continue reading #056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”
I forced myself to become human again this morning. I woke up early as usual, but woke up flustered, worried, and angry. It wasn't til mid-morning that I forced myself to become human. I heard dad get up and start his routine, went back to my room to lay down a minute and try to … Continue reading Finding a New Universe in a Cup of Coffee & Office Space
My Copy: 9780802130914 (image from pinterest) Well, after digging into the plays of Shakespeare for a few weeks, I have to say this one was worlds away in every way imaginable...so far. I'd always heard of Glengarry Glen Ross, and had no idea what the hell it was about. Of course, the movie's out there … Continue reading Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet
It's times like this I really wish I'd have gone into meteorology, because we're all complaining about the same damned thing...and I like having answers when nobody else does. It balances out my incessant need to ask a trillion questions, so maybe it's only fair, or just a hyperactive extension of myself, trying desperately to … Continue reading This winter in Houston was–wait, it’s still going? WTF?!
My Copy: 9780199267170 Heavens, this is a tricky one to read, and my love of history is clashing with The Bard's words as he takes liberties with British history and the timing of battles and characters. This play features very little of Henry VI again, but features plenty of others who will create the chaos and … Continue reading “Henry VI: Part One,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.
I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.
My Copy: 0345342968 (image from abebooks.com) I viewed this book as my own personal version of hell when I first read it several years ago. Social media and smartphones have become staples in the time since then, and now the book has taken on a more dreadful tone. Fahrenheit 451 is the book about a … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury