For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)
My Copy: 9780553418026 (image from bn.com) This is a science fiction book that would fit well with people who usually can't stand science fiction (or think they can't). That's because at heart, it's a story of survival in the most dire circumstances. I can't imagine being stranded on another planet, with the nearest humans a … Continue reading The Martian, by Andy Weir
Being a despondent, annoyed, and conflicted person on Sundays, it's perhaps natural that I think about what Sunday usually dredges up: thoughts about religion. I think today I'd have something in common with most of the churchgoers this particular Sunday--hoping the sermons hurry up and finish so everybody can get home and get the barbecue … Continue reading #086–Do Jews Interpret the Creation as told in Genesis Literally?
My Copy: 9780446574723 (image from bn.com) I wondered if I'd find a James Patterson book that I didn't like...and I finally have. To be fair and truthful, I couldn't finish the book. I stopped at about page 105. Private is about a former marine named Jack Morgan who's had some bad crap go on in … Continue reading Private (Private #1), by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
My Copy: 9781453270974 (image from bn.com) Now, I have to admit, when I love a series and an author, I generally love that particular series as written by THAT author. Maybe I'm biased against other writers tackling a beloved series or character once the creator has retired or passed on, but I swear I'll feel … Continue reading Archie Meets Nero Wolfe: A Prequel to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries, by Robert Goldsborough
We're wrapped up with Shakespeare at last! I suppose it's possible to get burned out on Shakespeare in a year, and maybe it's just been an awful two months, but I just couldn't get into these last two plays at all. But I'll give you some basics to work on in case you've heard of … Continue reading “All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I think this is the third time I've watched this flick this week, after not seeing it for at least a decade. I'm not sure what it is about this flick, but it's on again, starting over in the living room. And no, before you ask, I haven't seen the FX series that's come out. … Continue reading #085–What Makes Fargo Such a Good Movie?
at least, there's a direction I'm going in. Between trying to clean this place and getting fed up with the rain, I've been trying to install shelves in my office. Yesterday I FINALLY finished them...and have to remind myself that I'd better not buy any more books for a while. One room (almost) down. The … Continue reading The year began pretty blah, but it’s getting somewhere…
As much as I've heard about this particular play, I'm not sure how I feel about it myself. Maybe it's just been a weird week and I'm not in the best place to really absorb it, but I guess it didn't really intrigue me as much as I thought it would. As The Tempest features … Continue reading “The Tempest,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
Cymbeline is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to stories about royalty, war, family, and marriage. I felt a lot like I was reading the first draft of several Disney fairy tale scripts, and/or a recycled mish-mash of Shakespeare's own earlier plays regarding fantasy and coincidence. There are some visuals in this … Continue reading “Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare