My Copy: 9780807000694 (image from bn.com) I had to read this book in college for my U.S. Social Movements class, and I remember enjoying the hell out of it for a class read. Stride Toward Freedom is the earliest autobiographical book by MLK Jr. It isn't entirely chronological, and does jump around a little bit … Continue reading Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
I've watched tons of true crime programs in the past few decades, and recently as I tried to clean (or get some rest while sick), I've had American Greed on. And when we get to the end of the episode, there are usually a bunch of charges, and one of the big ones always seems … Continue reading Blitz Q #122: What the heck is “wire fraud”?
My Copy: 9780867195972 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, volume 6 continues with our plucky and occasionally violent hero, Gen, his friends, and family trying to survive on meager rations and wits even a few years after the Hiroshima bomb dropped. We start with Gen, Ryuta and the kids trying to sell skulls with kanji curses … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 6: Writing the Truth, by Keiji Nakazawa
My Copy: 9780867195941 (image from bn.com) Barefoot Gen, vol. 3 continues with Gen and his mother Kimie still trying to find a place for them away from Hiroshima until thing stabilize. Gen picks up a stray kid, one he'd mistaken for his little brother in the last book, and he becomes part of the family, … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol. 3: Life After The Bomb, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
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: 9780062871350 (image from bn.com) I saw the trailers for the movie, of course, and thought "damn, I need to see that." The next day, I saw the book in the window of Barnes and Noble and stopped. I had no idea it was a book, and neither did another lady who stopped near … Continue reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
I forgot the downside of doing so much cleaning and ripping carpet out when I can't sleep at 3 a.m: dust allergies out the wazoo. That's been me the past few days. There's so much that needs to be done to get this house in order so that all the junk is gone, items are … Continue reading A Long Week to Work and Think…
I had a hard time getting through this play. I tried four times to get into it, and eventually I got enough out of it to get what was going on...somewhat. Maybe it's just been a bad month. I know I've been way behind on reading lately and my goals will suffer for it, and … Continue reading “The Merchant of Venice,” 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
Photo credit: Bill Brooks/Creative Commons I remember the first time I saw a prescription medication advertised on the t.v. It was either for Celebrex or Claritin, and at first I didn't pay much attention--I just thought it was a new drug to see in the store. Then they said the magic words: "Ask your doctor." … Continue reading #017–Who is really in charge of a patient’s health: the doctor, insurance, or Big Pharma?