Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…

I really shouldn't make "stop spending money" pledges to myself out loud... because then something comes up to derail that train of thought. And my mind has been largely derailed the whole weekend. I'm about to fall asleep sitting here after days of worrying and trying to get situated. At least I know I'll sleep … Continue reading Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…

Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

YouTube is weird. Like really weird. Thankfully the page has been littered with good videos on music. I've been rather delighted and teary-eyed the past two hours because of things I'd forgotten, and I found more things I wish I'd known about far sooner. And my heart is aching in my chest because of all the … Continue reading Other than writing, what I would love to do most in my life…

Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

#109–Blitz Q: Who the hell was “Layla” (yes, the one from the Derek & the Dominoes song)?

I was killing time in Guitar Center last night after my make-up lesson, talking to some staffers and regulars (those Greenpeace activists hanging from the Baytown bridge and the traffic shutdown that way meant I couldn't quite go home yet). Somehow, though perhaps not surprising, we went from a short discussion about why rock music … Continue reading #109–Blitz Q: Who the hell was “Layla” (yes, the one from the Derek & the Dominoes song)?

Life With Father, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

image from collectors.com This is a play I stumbled on when preparing for a David Mamet Masterclass. I had life do that intervening thing, so I haven't taken the class yet, but I saw the play on the shelf and thumbed through it, then just went ahead and read it. As far as interesting characters … Continue reading Life With Father, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women & How I Broke Free, by Linda Kay Klein

My Copy: 9781501124815 (image from bn.com) I spent all yesterday finishing this book and thinking about it. It's not the best non-fiction book I've read, but it had so much that made me think, and made me want to research more. Pure... is self-explanatory. The author uses much of her own experiences to talk about … Continue reading Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women & How I Broke Free, by Linda Kay Klein

Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I know I've griped about "mistaken identity" comedies in several Shakespeare posts by now, but this one's definitely different than the rest. The motives are simple and the need for identity swap is more intelligent than I think I've seen in the other Shakespearean comedies. The biggest draw has to be the heroine, Helen. She's … Continue reading “All’s Well That Ends Well,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I suppose we can chalk the negativity you're about to read to some kind of "law of higher expectations." I expected to like this play, because I love history and I've read and heard a lot about Cleopatra and Marc Antony since I was young. Yes, everything was contradictory between fiction and non-fiction, and sources … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Sonnets & ‘A Lover’s Complaint,’ and ‘Various Poems’ from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 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