I'd heard a lot about The Winter's Tale, but don't know anybody offhand that's read it, and haven't seen it advertised as being on stage in a while. For a fantasy romance, I suppose it works, and it's definitely far-fetched with the way family is split and reunited and all that stuff (hey, when the … Continue reading “The Winter’s Tale,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
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
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
My Copy: 0446364193 (image from goodreads.com) I admit, I watched the movie before I knew there was a book, and believe me, I think the book was better in most respects. Hell, the movie is barely anything like the book! So, I feel relieved having finally read this book cover to cover. Along Came a … Continue reading Along Came A Spider, by James Patterson
My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire
I downloaded the series a few weeks ago (legally) and finally had a full day at home to take care of some filing and paperwork, so I started the series over and watched every episode (I only caught the first two on TV before my work hours went wonky). I thought it was an interesting … Continue reading Binge-watching “Manhunt: Unabomber” got me thinking today…
(cover image from quebecreadingconnection.ca) I was at the Holocaust Museum Houston a few years ago when I first saw this one. By then, I'd had my mind opened to the power of graphic novels and how they can say things versus traditional print novels. And it was about Houston. So I snatched it up. The … Continue reading The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, & Nate Powell
In the past few years, several books have been written about an event I'd only heard of in the fantastic BBC documentary series Secrets of World War II. Suddenly, there are plenty of books detailing "Operation Pastorius," a unique one in that German agents were sent to the United States in 1942 to perform sabotage operations and spy on the American war effort.