My Copy: 9780553257199 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, when it's been a crazy week plus some, a Nero Wolfe book is always a good go-to for me. Black Orchids has two interesting cases in the pages, the first gives the book it's name. "Black Orchids" is actually about orchids, in a sense. Archie's sent … Continue reading Black Orchids, by Rex Stout
My Copy: 9780470584774 (image from bn.com) I think we all have that book on a shelf where we wonder, "did I really need to get that book, and how many more years will it sit there before I read/get rid of it?" Well, I wish like hell I'd read Clarinet for Dummies a lot sooner--I'd … Continue reading Clarinet for Dummies, by David Etheridge
Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…
(image from ticketfly.com) I was amazed and laughing my butt off when I read this NPR article. I'd never heard of this, but apparently this is something that's been going on in some form or another for many years. Shakespeare with a plastered actor or two, and an audience that can drink all night, too? … Continue reading Moving the penny tickets from the pit to stage level: Drunk Shakespeare today?
My Copy: 9780199267170 (image from amazon.com) Well, it'll be closer to "finished by Thanksgiving," but "Year of Shakespeare" has that rhyme thing that sounds better...and if I fall behind it may well BE a year. I've had an awkward relationship with Shakespeare's works from day 1. It kinda sucks when the only way you have … Continue reading A Year of Shakespeare–Tackling the Bard’s works one at a time from “The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (2nd ed.)”, ed. by Stanley Wells & Gary Taylor
My Copy: 9781402218996 (Image from amazon.com) I discovered slam poetry a few months ago and was blown away by the emotion in what I was seeing for most poems. Some were great, some not so much, some amazing--but they all had something to bring to the table. I wanted to learn how to write like … Continue reading Take the Mic: the Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word, by Marc Kelly Smith & Joe Kraynak