This one was a tricky one to read, and took me a couple tries to really get, if only because there was so much dialogue and so many contrary moments. I'd also never heard of this play, so I didn't have a basis to fall back on and get a gist. I think this is … Continue reading “Timon of Athens,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
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: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
I've seen it probably a couple dozen times by now. Hell, for some reason I've watched Apocalypse Now every night for a week, I'm guessing as some morbid therapy to show me some people arguably having a far worse month than I. Except for Kilgore (Robert Duvall), of course. I know I like the film, … Continue reading #079–What’s the Big Deal about the film “Apocalypse Now” (1979)?
My Copy: 9780760768617 (image from abebooks.com) I was about to take it easy this pouring-down-rain 4th of July with a book written by a famous Canadian, but put it down in favor of a book written by one of the first Americans. THE American, as far as the rest of the world was concerned. It's … Continue reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by you-know-who
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: 9780809037728 (image by goodreads.com) Dawn is a surprising book in the mix. It hooked me, a story about a young man, a Holocaust survivor-turned freedom fighter, who has been tasked with killing a British soldier in retribution for the hanging of one of their Jewish fighters. Both deaths will take place at dawn. … Continue reading Dawn (The Night Trilogy #2), by Elie Wiesel
My Copy: 9780553278224 Mr. Bradbury's done excellent work, and I keep coming back to The Martian Chronicles when I just wanna read something short for the hell of it. Bradbury has a few miniature, practically stand-alone stories placed between arching stories, but the common thread is simple: humans can leave Earth and--like it or not--they're going … Continue reading The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury