Saturday, April 23, 2016

Salutations Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare by Jensen
     Everywhere there are cool tributes to William Shakespeare for the 400th anniversary of his death.  While it's odd to me that we are celebrating his death, I suppose it's easier to do since we don't have a perfect date for his birth.  I adore Shakespeare.  His sonnets are beautiful and timeless and his plays are fantastic.  I have yet to see a bad adaptation of his work. 

     One of my favorite films when I was in high school was Much Ado About Nothing (1993) with Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington.  So fun and clever.  Keanu Reeves was painful to watch though.  I'm not generally a fan of his 'acting' and in a historical setting, he was cringe-worthy.  As a theater geek, I was even in two Shakespeare plays.  I was part of the traveling acrobats in Hamlet in college and a guard in my high school production of Much Ado About Nothing.  I always had small parts like that.  I'm not sure if it was because I was terrible and got pity parts or was decent and people could not get past my appearance.  People usually told me I was good, but often found people would say nice things to my face out of pity and I would unfortunately find out the opposite later.  Regardless, acting was one of the few things I enjoyed in life.

Monday, April 11, 2016

My Weird Life - Down and Out Days

     The world just doesn't seem to want me to get ahead.  Not only have I been fighting an unknown illness for over a year, but just found out my contract will not be renewed when it comes up this May.  Considering it took me three years to find a job, I can't imagine I'll find another one anytime soon.  While I don't earn very much and actually spend at least half of my pay on supplies for my job, it has provided me with many things - a purpose, a reason to get out of bed, a reason to leave my house, the only interaction with human beings other than my husband, intellectual stimulation, and the apparently erroneous belief of forgiveness.  So I am presented with many conundrums:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pulp Fiction - This is Murder by Erle Stanley Gardner

Every time I read a vintage paperback I find it so much more enjoyable than modern ones. I'm not sure if it's the amazing cover art, the crisp and enhanced vocabulary, the richness of the time, the authors were better, or some other reason. This book was no exception. 

Sam Moraine is in advertising. Through odd circumstances, he becomes the go-between for a kidnapping ransom exchange. Only this kidnapping seems off. Things are definitely not right. After the exchange Sam becomes more immersed in the web of lies when the kidnap victim - whom he had saved and returned home - ends up dead in a prominent political man. The twists and turns and political intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat.

After reading this, I definitely think I will give other Gardner books a try. My only problem with this one - my poor vintage paperback fell apart. I probably should have just saved it and not read it, but what good is a book that isn't read?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pulp Fiction - Hospital Doctor by Edward Young (1957)

      I'm usually a little reticent to read medical novels or watch medical television shows because of all the medical drama I've had myself.  Bad thoughts abound usually, but I decided to give one of my pulp novels a try,  Hospital Doctor by Edward Young, published in 1952.   Medical novels and romances were all the rage at the time this book was published.  While they may not be bestsellers today, the medically based television shows are still a TV staple.  And surprisingly, I do enjoy The Knick and Ripper Street, which often have medical scenes, but the others are too much for me.  Maybe the historical context helps diminish the trauma.  Or maybe it's because of the lack of all the medical device beeping which seems to amplify anxiety.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Nightmares

This year has been rough.  I always feel like I apologize for lack of posting, but as usual, I haven't been.  No wonder the follower number has been dropping like crazy.  So, how can I sum up my year and plan for the next?


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