Pic from MAD Magazine (definitely fitting). If a human hand put this together, 2020 might just be a fusion disaster movie/ political (thriller?) screenplay that's been rejected 30 times for being too long, too outlandish, too boring, too stupid to exist. Something even Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay would roll their eyes and pass up … Continue reading 2020 Feels Like a Badly-Written Disaster/Political Thriller Movie
My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook
Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…
My Copy: 9780451531988 (image from amazon.com) From the bloody violence of Titus yesterday comes a story of ridiculous love story and play for Valentine's Day (that was a coincidence, by the way, I just finished it last night). Anyway, Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of a master wordsmith and poet who is a gallant champion … Continue reading Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
My Copy: 9781556528293 (image from amazon.com) I'm trying to remember exactly why I bought this book, but I think it was to help me out when I was starting out as a tour guide and teaching. I have a loud voice, annoyingly loud to me most of the time, but I don't have much strength … Continue reading The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, & Improving Your Voice by Kate DeVore & Starr Cookman
My Copy: 9780199267170 (image from amazon.com) Well, it'll be closer to "finished by Thanksgiving," but "Year of Shakespeare" has that rhyme thing that sounds better...and if I fall behind it may well BE a year. I've had an awkward relationship with Shakespeare's works from day 1. It kinda sucks when the only way you have … Continue reading A Year of Shakespeare–Tackling the Bard’s works one at a time from “The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.)”, ed. by Stanley Wells & Gary Taylor
The Night Manager is a surprising story in the post-Cold War world, where the power-vacuum of major war players is being filled by arms dealers while the big powers play like all is well. However, stuck in the middle is Jonathan Pine...