Narcissism is a weapon, & storming the Capitol building in D.C. was a result…

I hadn't paid much attention to the news the past few weeks--just too tired and focused on health issues. So imagine my surprise when I get back to it two days ago, and all the stations had breaking news about the attempted takeover and trashing of the U.S. Capitol building! Of course, the event's been … Continue reading Narcissism is a weapon, & storming the Capitol building in D.C. was a result…

“Trolius and Cressida,” 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

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

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

#058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?

I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?

Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

Header image from The Night of the Hunter (1955), a WAY too creepy movie. I think we know the plot device by heart. Hell, they're probably the main reason why we ended up with so many damned Scary Movie sequels and other tribute/parody films over the years. For this immediate example, I'm going to take … Continue reading Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet / The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (#1 of 8 reviews)

My Copy: 9780880292610 (cover image from Abebooks.com) I admit I couldn't wait to get back to these great little stories, and I have to have read them several times each by now (especially the two today: "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four"). This particular complete volume organizes the stories and novellas in … Continue reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet / The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (#1 of 8 reviews)