“The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

I fondly remember this play, and was more than pleased to revisit it on Christmas (though instead of the fabulous Laurence Fishburne's voice from the 1995 film version, I heard Idris Elba. And why not--the man's excellent!). It's a great tragedy that I'd love to see on the stage over and over again. And without … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare.

“Measure for Measure,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Apologies--internet went out or this would've been posted late Christmas Day for my "12 days of Shakespeare". Anyhoo... Measure for Measure is probably the best of the plays featuring complex scheming and bait-and-switch that I've read so far. I love the characters for the most part, even the despicable ones because their nature is quite … Continue reading “Measure for Measure,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

#085 Blitz Q: Merry Christmas–Which is the best version of A Christmas Carol (to you)?

I've always heard of the George C. Scott version, but finally got a chance to watch it this morning (thumbs up so far), which got me remembering what I originally wanted to post last night. I was down all day with headache, dizziness and a sore throat, so my brain was totally off kilter. I … Continue reading #085 Blitz Q: Merry Christmas–Which is the best version of A Christmas Carol (to you)?

Wishing the best for all this year, and the hopes that the next will be better…

I wish like crazy I've had time to read and write the past few weeks, but moving furniture has left me little. I will be finishing Shakespeare pretty soon, and starting tomorrow will do my 12 days of Shakespeare (because I'm still trying to finish the plays--definitely not gonna make my reading goal this year). … Continue reading Wishing the best for all this year, and the hopes that the next will be better…

Home Depot near me is changing big time… and I don’t like it a bit.

I hate to say this because I've been a loyal Home Depot customer since I knew what a hardware store was (and the local ACE Hardware jacked up its prices and closed down...and so did Builder's Square, which I suspect was bought by Home Depot. Anyway...). I stayed with them even with the influx of … Continue reading Home Depot near me is changing big time… and I don’t like it a bit.

Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe

My Copy: 9780385477819 (image from bn.com) I've always wanted to understand science better, and I've been impressed with Michio Kaku's approach to explaining it in documentaries and whatnot. I had to tackle his explanations in book form, and began with this one. Beyond Einstein gives more than the theory of relativity that we've been used … Continue reading Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the theory of the Universe

“Sir Thomas More,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, (partially) by William Shakespeare

This is the one play I'd say you should read as a dare...at least, the version I have. Which may well be the version everybody has other than the original copies in the great British libraries behind vaults or something. And it's not entirely by Shakespeare, either. Heavily edited and worked on by several people, … Continue reading “Sir Thomas More,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, (partially) by William Shakespeare

Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Love, death, the muse, the tangled web of attraction, and friendship are probably the most basic subjects covered in Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the most famous ones is the one numbered 18 in this collection, staring with "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day..." Most of the time I think that's the only one … Continue reading Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare