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.
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
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
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
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
I gotta admit, maybe this was the perfect breaking-point (by accident) in the anthology. I got to resume my reading plans with Shakespeare with this interesting work, Trolius and Cressida. I like how when I took another look online at what the story was about, to see if I got the gist of it or … Continue reading “Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare
My Copy: 9781439153710 (image from bn.com) I've never read anything by Carrie Fisher before, but I have to say I'll be picking up more of her stuff in the near future. Wishful Drinking feels like you're in the middle of a personal discussion with the woman who is best known as Princess Leia from Star Wars, … Continue reading Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher
My Copy: 9781626251700 (image from bn.com) This book is pretty self-explanatory in what it's about. However, it was still an eye-opener, because it doesn't go for the easy, pigeon-hole answers and instead gets the reader to focus on the range of possibilities. The word "immature" has always been a strange one to me, because where's … Continue reading Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to heal from distant, rejecting, or self-involved parents, by Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.
My Copy: 9781565631328 (image from bn.com) Some people wanting to dig into learning about the word of faith movement, aka the "prosperity gospel," will have a good start with this book. I'm sure this 1994 text has made it into the bibliographies of plenty of books that have come since, whether criticizing the word of … Continue reading A Different Gospel: A bold & revealing look at the biblical & historical basis of the Word of Faith movement (updated ed), by D.R. McConnell
My Copy: 9781559363822 (image from bn.com) I've tried my hand at reading plays (other than Shakespeare's) before, and one David Mamet already (Glengarry Glen Ross). This one's pretty hyper and intense, published in 2010. Race has four people in the whole play: Jack and Henry, a white and black lawyer respectively, their go-fer and law … Continue reading Race, by David Mamet