The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur

My Copy: 9781596916005 (image from Bloomsbury Publishing) The Soiling of Old Glory is a book I had to read for a class in college, and it's probably the only one I've reviewed and re-read several times. This is a book that's very well put together. It's the biography of that photograph of the young man … Continue reading The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, by Louis P. Masur

“Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I can't really say much about this particular play because I saw the Branagh film from 1993 before I read it, so I've got scenes from that one stuck in my head. I watched it in Lit class in high school and have to admit I enjoyed the hell out of it. Who woulda thought? … Continue reading “Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Learn Chess: A Complete Course, by C.H.O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach

My Copy: 9781857441154 (image from rainbowresource.com is the one I have on my shelf) I've tried to dig up resources to learn chess better, and I've tried reading this book a few times in the past. I still haven't had much luck with it. Learn Chess: A Complete Course is not for beginners. Certainly not … Continue reading Learn Chess: A Complete Course, by C.H.O’D Alexander & T.J. Beach

An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

My Copy: 9780826430021 (image from Bloomsbury publishing, though there are two different covers, it seems) I'm not sure how long ago I bought this skinny textbook, but I've thumbed through it a few times for my master's thesis. I know that's the main reason I bought it. As someone wanting to learn more about film-making, … Continue reading An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

“2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

It's kind of odd how I got the gist of this one better than 1 Henry IV, and yet it just didn't feel as good. It felt a bit muted, as if Shakespeare was having fun experimenting and biding his time, but ultimately, there wasn't much cohesiveness to it. 2 Henry IV is about King … Continue reading “2 Henry IV (aka, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth”) from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

This one's probably the easiest play to read, other than Romeo and Juliet, so far. I have to say I really got into it and it wasn't overly complex as far as the action goes. That could be because Shakespeare intended it to be a contemporary story for his contemporary audience, and didn't have to … Continue reading “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).

Kudos to fictionophile for something weird to get my creativity muscles a flexing, and remind me of the thousand or so books that still need reading. Yes, oh mistress-of-the-sacrificed-trees-and-ink-blood, I hear that foot tapping already. I tried to count my books again when I had trouble finding room on the shelf for all my wayward … Continue reading My Blog’s Name in Books (an off-kilter book ‘n tea post based on a challenge).

Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun

My copy: 9781435144699 (image from amazon.com) When I made the informed decision to go insane and re-learn all this stuff about music I'd forgotten over the past 20 years(ish), I knew I'd have to have some help from at least one book to get me figuring out how much I really didn't know. So glad … Continue reading Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun