My Copy: 9781635653366 (image from rodale books) A lot of what we're seeing in the news today has a lot to do with dangerous personalities, and it's a plus to read a book like this. Now, this 2017 edition does briefly mention a certain political figure, but he's not diagnosing him. If anything, clinicians apparently … Continue reading Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro
I was looking for good film score music to put on my playlist (I downloaded Pollock and Frida) when I bumped into the soundtrack to Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell. I hadn't heard of this film (and it hadn't come out on DVD yet), but I saw the trailer for the film and couldn't believe … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.
My Copy: 9781593082352 (image from Amazon.com) The one play of the three published just before Sophocles died, Oedipus at Colonus gives plenty of insight into the firm convictions of ancient greeks in their belief of the gods and proper rites, as well as the cleverness of Oedipus hinted at in passing in the other plays. Oedipus … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles
I'm so glad this one's a short play. Had it been any longer, I would've been banging my head against the wall. I have a distinct feeling it would've been far more fun to watch this on the stage rather than read it. The Comedy of Errors is about twins separated at birth, and one … Continue reading “The Comedy of Errors,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781593082352 (image from Amazon.com) There are two plays in particular by Sophocles that most Americans have been subjected to in high school. Either it was Oedipus The King (aka, Oedipus Rex) or Antigone (which was actually written first). My school had us read Antigone, and eventually I’ll get to that one. But the story … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Oedipus The King, by Sophocles
My Copy: 9781476764528 (image from amazon.com) Just so you know, Hemingway fans may hate this review. Actually, Hemingway haters might hate it, too, because I can't figure out how to describe this book...except that I couldn't finish it. I tried to for two weeks and only got through page 140. It's not that long of … Continue reading A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
My Copy: 9780312422196 (image from amazon.com) For a thin work, it's complex as hell. Regarding the Pain of Others is a book for anybody who questions the use of photography in art or media, photography that can show cruelty and violence, and what we're supposed to take from it in our society. I've bumped into … Continue reading Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag
This is a play ascribed IN PART to Shakespeare's pen, but how much is still the question. It's fair to assume that Shakespeare and his contemporaries collaborated often with each other's works, and this one's become known as a "lost play" of Shakespeare's. The editors of The Oxford Shakespeare indicate that there are only a … Continue reading “Edward III,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: the Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare (and others)
I'm sure there's some startled blinking going on at that question. I mean, who the hell wouldn't want somebody else to pay their debts off, really? You probably wouldn't be the first; I haven't found any articles about this very concern. Most of Google is focused on debt consolidation or asking parents if they think … Continue reading #061–How do you keep parents from trying to pay off your debts for you?
I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?