Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

Western culture is undoubtedly indebted to William Shakespeare.  His neologisms expanded and defined the English language and the emotional detail of his characters gave them verisimilitude practically unseen previously in English literature and theater. It is no small wonder that his fans are often ardent, adapting his stories to their own era of time, or dedicating festivals to the performance of his works. Some forays … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

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Fun Home: A Tragicomic

​Bibliography: Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Houghton Mifflin Company. 2007. ISBN-13: 9780618871711 About the Author: American cartoonist and writer Alison Bechdel is a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Genius Award, writer of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and creator of the widely used Bechdel Test. Plot: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic memoir that follows the life of Alice Bechdel before and after her father’s death. The term “tragicomic” is a … Continue reading Fun Home: A Tragicomic

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The Defense

Bibliography: Nabokov, Vladimir. The Defense. 1990. New York. Vintage Books, Random House. ISBN: 0679727221 Plot and Analysis: The Defense follows a professional chess player named Luzhin from his childhood when he discovers chess to his adult life in which chess has become not just an occupation but the very center of his life, if not the only substance of it.  A nervous breakdown during a championship match (for which he has meticulously … Continue reading The Defense

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Dear Martin

Bibliography: Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. 2017. New York. Crown. ISBN-13: 9781101939499 Plot: Dear Martin is the debut novel by author Nic Stone. This novel follows senior Justyce McAllister as he navigates his place in his white-dominated world. Justyce is at the top of his class and on the track to attend an Ivy League school. However, his academic standing means nothing to the police officer … Continue reading Dear Martin

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The Star Wars Canon: Original Trilogy

The movies that sparked the minds of millions. Star Wars, the brain child of George Lucas, began in the sixties and rocked the world with its innovative techniques for special effects, filming, and editing. In a very short time the first film became a pop culture classic and fans everywhere became enamored of the story and the galaxy Lucas created. Join me for a brief … Continue reading The Star Wars Canon: Original Trilogy

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