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
My Copy: 9781590171332 (image from goodreads.com) Ordinarily, I don't think I'd ever consider a book like this for my shelf. For a non-fiction book, one probably best described as a nature memoir, I am amazed at how it's written. I'd never heard of it until Werner Herzog mentioned it in his Masterclass. Herzog insists that … Continue reading The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker
I have the rare distinction of being probably the only mid-30 something woman who hasn't been bothered about "when are you going to get married and have kids?" I was certain by now everybody would be in my business about this, as that's how things seem to work in the real world. Bbut being not-very … Continue reading Women, motherhood, and medical choices: an eye-opener.
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
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?
My Copy: 051488005995 (image from readmekids.com) I've signed up for a bunch of online writing classes and started remembering how much Judy Blume I read as a kid. And I didn't hesitate to buy this old favorite...a VERY old favorite. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first story in the "Fudge" series of … Continue reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
You know things are bad with your days, weeks, months, etc. when you can't seem to get it together. More than that, when it's about food, it makes it feel that much worse. I've literally eaten out so often and so much that I don't even want to eat anymore. Call it falling off the … Continue reading When You Just Don’t Want To Eat Anymore…
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
I've never really understood why somebody would deliberately make somebody else's life a living hell, but I see it more often than not in the few times and places I've dined out and shopped at. True Story: Several Thanksgivings ago, my dad was in the hospital and my aunt, uncle, and cousin had come down … Continue reading #065–How much crap are service people supposed to take from customers?
My Copy: 0553259334 (image from pinterest) I've read a few dozen Nero Wolfe novels and novellas so far, and this is one I barely remembered. I mean, I knew I read it, but it didn't leave much of an impression on me, apparently. Well, now I have an idea why. I thought the setup was … Continue reading The League of Frightened Men, by Rex Stout