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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445


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Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman by Neil Gaiman
Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

P.M. Bradshaw, September 4, 2013

A fairly eclectic collection of short stories about the monster under the bed (and elsewheres) picked by Neil Gaiman. There is one story by Gaiman himself, Sunbird, plus 15 others, dating from 1885 to the present. Like any short story collection, some are good, some are great, some slightly less so. But if you like Neil Gaiman and the fantastical worlds he creates, these won’t be too far off the mark for you.

Plus, the money for this book goes to a charity -- is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring young writers, ages 6-18, in their creative writing. So it’s a win ��" win, really.

And if you don’t buy it, I’m fairly certain that a pack of griffins, werewolves, flying horses, and other unnamable, phantasmagorical beasties will stalk you around the dark corners of your mind.

I’m just sayin’ . . .
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

P.M. Bradshaw, September 3, 2013

A children's book that's not for children? It's difficult to describe. An adult fairy tale?

It's beautifully written, and captures the feel of childhood instantly.
A short book, but BIG on story.
It's fun & furious, uplifting & downtrodden, scary & scarier, and impossible to put down!

It's a great starting point if you haven't read Neil Gaiman before.
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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

P.M. Bradshaw, September 3, 2013

Another winner by David Sedaris! His short stories can be funny or poignant, and sometimes both at the same time.

Sometimes the change in narrator from story to story can be a bit jarring, particularly when they change from him to a woman, for example, or opposite ends of the political spectrum, but almost all are really good!

This is not his best, but better than his last book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. It's a good read; very funny, and very satisfying.
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Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
Tenth of December: Stories

P.M. Bradshaw, March 6, 2013

I picked this book up because I’d read four or five glowing reviews, one of which saying it was the ‘best book you’ll read this year.’

It was, in fact, the WORST book I’ve read in a long, long while.

The reviews always seemed to use the word “hilarious,” which just stumped me. What part was hilarious? The poor woman who murders animals because she thinks her husband probably wants her to? The retarded child they keep chained in their backyard? The Iraq vet who’s angry and confused?

Yeah, it was a hilarious read (please note, SARCASM).

It came off like that English teacher everyone had that always talked about writing, but cannot do it himself (or self-published and ended up with 400 copies of his poetry chapbook in his trunk).

Filled with unlikable characters, boring plots, and muddled storytelling, I hated it. This was the first book in a long time that I read in one day; not because I couldn’t put it down, but because I wanted to just get through it and put it behind me.
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The Underpants: A Play by Carl Sternheim by Steve Martin

P.M. Bradshaw, August 21, 2012

The Underpants is a 1910 play written by Carl Sternheim. Mr. Martin has re-written it in an attempt to turn it from a farce into a broad comedy. I saw it performed in 2011 at the Beck Center for the Arts, and I then I read it, also.

While the play is amusing at first, it grows tiresome. The (somewhat) sexual escapades of bored housewife, Louise, quickly take on the likeness of a wacky episode of “Three’s Company.” But without John Ritter’s pratfalls, the jokes begin to fall flat, and the play drags on and on.

The inherent male-dominance of the day becomes misogyny at times, and after awhile, I was left wondering if some of those lines were supposed to be ironically funny, or just mean.

This is not a play I would see or read again.
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