Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Outside Event - Reading

Davis-Kidd Booksellers
387 Perkins Extended
Memphis TN 38117
(901) 683-9801

Local Best Seller
Lisa Patton
discussing and signing

Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter
Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm

"Funny, heartfelt and loaded with Southern charm, Patton's debut brims with pluck and is filled with memorable characters".--Adriana Trigiani. Lisa Patton, a graduate of Hutchison School, and former manager of the Orpheum, FM 100 radio, and of WMC TV, is getting accolades for her witty and charming debut novel.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wonder Woman

Am I the only one who felt a deep sense of shock and guilt that the only real, stand alone superheroine the female world has is Wonderwoman, and her flaw is that she's female?

That's just really, really, painfully sad. It might be easy to ignore because comicbooks do not interest a vast majority of the female population, but it is important to me and future generations that the biggest superheroine in comicbooks not be a huge contradiction.

Anyway, I just wanted to explore that idea. Here are some comic books which feature female heroines which I kind of feel we've been lacking.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Kabuki by David Mack
Demo by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan
Fables by Bill Willingham
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (based off a book first)

There are lots more out there, some dedicated to a single female characters and others have a plot bigger than the actual characters.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Take the 60 Second challenge!

Creating your own interpretation of Shakespeare in one minute - make a film or audio, take a scene or whole play, keep it classic or make it modern, it's up to you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009



I did not tell y'all very specifically which questions to do. I'm sorry about that. Please complete the following:


3, 4

2, 4

2, 3


1, 2, 7

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The B-Up

This is what everyone has been waiting for, the sequel to the blog about "long distance relationships". "B-Up" means break up, meaning that my girlfriend and I are no longer together. First, you need to know that I could possibly be one of the most care free guys around, whereas my ex-girlfriend is far from it, to put it mildly. The break up happened back on Halloween when I went to Birmingham to participate in a tennis tournament. I was expecting a great weekend because I was able to see my girlfriend and celebrate Halloween with her. Initially, things were alright between us, but as the weekend passed by I noticed that she was acting a bit strange and was not being herself. I tried shrugging it off at first, because I thought she was still stressed from all of her exams that week and I wanted to concentrate on my tournament. FAIL! However, somehow we managed to get through two days of us pretending that things were okay. Finally, on the night of Halloween, I decided that it was time for us to talk about why was she was acting so strange. The thing is, I’m notorious for having terrible timing, especially since she just got into her Halloween costume. Imagine how hard it was for me to be completely serious when I was looking at a pink themed cowgirl with two guns in holsters! It was so hard for me not laugh; every time she walked her spurs would click. Now this was our first real fight and my first real break up, so I had no idea what to expect. If only I could have read a handbook on the art of consoling a crying cowgirl. In the end, we decided that it was better for us to be separate. The tournament that I wanted to do well at ended in a DISASTER. All in all, that could have been the most unique weekend of my life.

Words: 333

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Everyone likes Shakespeare!

It is interesting to know the opinions of others when talking about Shakespeare. I, for one, enjoy his works while not many other I know do. I think it is important to society today or why else would it still be around. Yes, that’s right! Shakespeare is still taught today; however it is told in a way that is more appealing to today’s society, children in particular. Yesterday’s Hamlet is today’s Lion King. This is seen clearly through the actions and meaning of the different characters.

Hamlet Jr. is seen in Simba. Both of their parents, who are the rulers of the land, have died and now the princes are looking for a way out. Simba runs away, and Hamlet doesn’t take the responsibility of his father. Mufasa is seen clearly in the character of Hamlet Sr. Both kings are killed and come to their sons in a clear ghostly vision. They are both evoked to seek revenge for their father’s. Not only are the protagonists shown, but the antagonist are represented as well. Scar is seen in the actions of Claudius. Scar kills Mufasa as Claudius kills Hamlet Sr. Also, as Claudius takes the original queen as his wife, it is assumed that Scar takes Sarabi as his wife.

I find it interesting that a play such as Hamlet is undervalued while something such as The Lion King can take cartoons and bring the whole meaning of the play back to life in the present.