A Couple of Thoughts Regarding the Classic Fairy Tale “The Princess & the Pea” (now that I’m grown up & weirder)…

(picture from garryrogers.com) I was actually monitoring a class where students had to read a shorter version of "The Princess and the Pea" and then do a writing assignment to fill in the gaps. I hadn't read this story in forever, and started to remember some things that got me thinking. One of the young … Continue reading A Couple of Thoughts Regarding the Classic Fairy Tale “The Princess & the Pea” (now that I’m grown up & weirder)…

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

“Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to stories about royalty, war, family, and marriage. I felt a lot like I was reading the first draft of several Disney fairy tale scripts, and/or a recycled mish-mash of Shakespeare's own earlier plays regarding fantasy and coincidence. There are some visuals in this … Continue reading “Cymbeline,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“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

“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

“As You Like It,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Well, I hadn't heard much about this play, though it contains a lot of familiar Shakespeare-isms and a few quotes that will ring bells. I don't think I've ever heard of a performance of this play, or any enthusiasts, though I've heard the names Orlando and Rosalind before. As You Like It is one of … Continue reading “As You Like It,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think there's not much to say about this play that hasn't already been said by ardent fans of Shakespeare. I did find it surprising that Henry himself (sorry, "King Harry" in the casting) didn't have as large a part as I imagined he would have in his own play. Then again, that seems par … Continue reading “The Life of Henry the Fifth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I can't really say much about this particular play because I saw the Branagh film from 1993 before I read it, so I've got scenes from that one stuck in my head. I watched it in Lit class in high school and have to admit I enjoyed the hell out of it. Who woulda thought? … Continue reading “Much Ado About Nothing,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare