I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can--Socrates
It's that time again!
Time for my pretty much biannual Shakespeare play review!
This year, Shakespeare in the Park put on Much Ado About Nothing. This one is probably my favorite of the comedies. I think i always identified a bit with Beatrice and Dogberry is just amazingly fun to a word geek like me. For this production, they updated the setting to 1945, swapped Hero's parent's gender, and added songs! It is great fun. Beatrice and Benedict are fantastic, Hero can really sing, the bad guy gets a "i'm so evil" song that was great. Highly recommended! Go see it if you'll be in Nashville any of the next 3 weekends!
I am a little shocked that we've gotten to "end of the year post" time already. I know everybody says this but this year really has passed quickly it seems, at least the fall has.
As always, these are things that were new to ME this year, not necessarily published or released this year. And not just 10 of things!
Books: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan BradleyThree Parts Dead by Max GladstoneThe Death of Bees by Lisa O'DonnellFive Days at Memorial by Sheri FinkMy Real Children by Jo WaltonLife After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Lucifer Box series by Mark GatissThe Silkworm by Robert GalbraithPale Fire by Vladimir NabokovHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiKindred by Octavia ButlerThe Bone Clocks by David MitchellNight Film by Marissa PessiFever Pitch by Nick Hornby Graphic Novels: March, Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate PowellSaga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona StaplesSex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Mat…
Sometimes I really want to smack myself. In the head, relatively hard, to leave bruises. Usually it happens when I either realize something that I should have figured out long before or when I read something and I am upset about what I've been missing.
That happened last night when I finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. How could I get through 20 years of serious reading life and not have read this? How did I manage to go through the last few years without such a relevant, modern book in my mental arsenal? I want to grab everyone I know and make them read it. I don't want to rehash the plot as I think most people know the gist of it but what got me isn't the fact that it was about censorship, it is really about people participating in their own slavery. The long speeches by Montag's boss and his friend Faber really crystalize how a people could be led to become robots. How Bradbury predicted the mass media culture and faux-news environment in 1953 is beyond me. …
I watched the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice last night. Very pretty but I thought the music was way overdone. Jena Malone had Lydia just right, the woman who played Jane was lovely, Bingley and Mr. Wickham and the Bennett parents were great too. So, the big two. Keira Knightly has some very prominent collarbones. I kept looking at that. on the movie itself, she is a good actress and she conveys her feelings and thoughts so well with her expressions. Matthew Macfadyen plays Mr. Darcy, very stoic and British stiff-upper lip type. and, of course, tall, dark and handsome. So this one is a 7, counts for the Everything Austen Challenge, and is now on my wishlist for Christmas.