My Copy: 9780867196023 (image from bn.com) I'm trying to remember where and when I first heard or saw Barefoot Gen mentioned, but it was either in regard to graphic novels and their place in the classroom, or it was some internet analysts breaking down anime styles and stories over the years. Perhaps it was both. … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 1, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)
My Copy: 9781935429043 (image from bn.com) Whew! This might be one of the shorter volumes--page wise--but not on impact. The players all seeking Akira out are starting to meet in the middle, and there's a helluva lot of damage that's going on in about a 24 hour span of time. And there's a big difference … Continue reading Akira (volume 3), by Katsuhiro Otomo
photo credit abc13.com I didn't have the news on yesterday and was totally ignorant of this fire that's been going on since about 10:30 Sunday morning. That is, I was ignorant til I got to work around 4 today. Once I hit the interstate on the way to work, I could see a massive black … Continue reading Metro Houston’s East Side is on Fire (and it’s definitely not pretty).
We're wrapped up with Shakespeare at last! I suppose it's possible to get burned out on Shakespeare in a year, and maybe it's just been an awful two months, but I just couldn't get into these last two plays at all. But I'll give you some basics to work on in case you've heard of … Continue reading “All is Well” and “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
My copy: 9781593082352 (image from Amazon.com) Ah, the one I know best, and one of the best heroines in western literature. Antigone expands on the story of her ill-fated family and the messages regarding religion and law. Antigone’s position is simple: the laws of gods supersede the laws of man, and must be adhered to, … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Antigone, by Sophocles
My Copy: 9780451531988 (image from amazon.com) From the bloody violence of Titus yesterday comes a story of ridiculous love story and play for Valentine's Day (that was a coincidence, by the way, I just finished it last night). Anyway, Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of a master wordsmith and poet who is a gallant champion … Continue reading Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
I bet some of you were wondering if I miscounted again, but nope--apparently this is Arthur Conan Doyle's last collection of Sherlock Holmes. The very last--complete with the "I mean it this time" from the author. Hell, I'll let him tell it in his own words: