The Tragedy of King Lear

The Year of Lear | Lear front matter The last podcast I listened to summed it up one way, I liked, “Sad, then maybe not so sad, but then, very sad. Or sadder, still.” These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. Though the wisdom of nature can reason it [...]

As You Like It

Looking at the schedule, I was commenting that Shakespeare’s As You Like It was a series of quotes, loosely a story strung together with some plot. The original comment, looking at the schedule, ahead of time, “Look! As You Like, kind of a play without any plot, strung together with quotes. Like you, Kramer!” via [...]

The Year of Lear

The Year of Lear - James Shapiro Shakespeare is basically Quentin Tarantino with a thesaurus. Trevor Noah 06/13/2017 Bought as an afterthought, then I checked some Amazon reviews, wow, slaughtered. That LA Review of Books piece was quote laudatory, way I read it. The sages on amazon, at one point, were quite without a dram [...]

iPad 10.5

Interesting review. Points to the problem with “Fake News” and journalism in general. I tend to trust that site, pretty implicitly, as, over the years, the narrator has proven to be correct, time and again. But the site isn’t an outlet like that. Just one person’s voice, who, over the years, has proven good, time [...]

Eleanor Oliphant

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman Firstly thought was living lives of quiet desperation. Waxing: morituri te salutant All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm. Page 26. Waxing eloquent as a Comedy of manners? [...]

Family Proud

It wasn’t bad enough that I pursued an English degree, no, not like the family wouldn’t be disappointed enough, I took up as an astrologer... Yeah, no worries about respect from my family.

Star Biscuit

Maybe not the last one, but perhaps the last of this cycle? Image is from side street in town that is a side street, like stepping back in time, Smithville, TX. Probably won't last much longer.

Rise and Fall of Dodo

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. - Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland “But there was never any doubt as to the gist: some manner of cause-and-effect relationship existed between the rise of scientific knowledge and the decline of magic.” Page 42. According to one interview or authorial note, Neal Stephenson would write his novels all [...]

Shockwave Rider

The Shockwave Rider - John Brunner It's an older text, but I purchased a fresh-pressed digital copy, maybe a year or two back. Shockwave Rider, previously. “It bore a message in firm clear handwriting, unusual now that most literate kids were taught to type at seven.” Excerpt From: Brunner, John. “The Shockwave Rider.” Manhattan Transfer [...]

From Marcus Aurelius Book 7

“49. Pass in review the far-off things of the past and its succession of sovranties without number. Thou canst look forward and see the future also. For it will most surely be of the same character, and it cannot but carry on the rhythm of existing things. Consequently it is all one, whether we witness [...]

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