“The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I wasn't sure what to make of this play. I didn't even know Shakespeare had written a play about King John (Richard the Lionheart's brother) until I picked up this book and the book Shakespeare's English Kings. I'd never heard of the play being performed, or anything. So I was just as surprised to see … Continue reading “The Life and Death of King John,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama (2nd ed.), by Peter Saccio

My Copy: 9780195123197 (image from goodreads.com) NOTE: I'm interrupting the flow of my The Oxford Shakespeare reviews because this month's been hell on concentration (between jobs, sleep-deprivation, jury duty, and an ER visit). So instead I decided to review a Shakespeare-related book for this weekend that I'd just finished instead of posting it at the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama (2nd ed.), by Peter Saccio

#066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

This is something I've seen in a ton of movies, and t.v. shows. I was re-watching Thomas Jane in The Punisher a few days ago and remembered a moment when the cop was trying to sympathize with Frank Castle when he re-appeared and said "Obviously you're upset." Castle's response (at :25): https://youtu.be/Z7ALyqfv1QI?t=25 I thought that … Continue reading #066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Okay, I can definitely say after reading this one that it would be vastly improved by watching a stage performance. I had trouble getting into it, and trouble remembering who was supposed to be chasing after who for a bit--namely the men. Hermia and Helena, despite having similar names were pretty easy to tell apart. … Continue reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare