This last week has gone pretty well on the reading front, but per usual, there’s not enough time to read the fun books and I’m having to plod along through difficult and/or assigned books for classes. Le Sigh. A little over a month to spring break and then I’ll have some time to finish those fun ones.
JAZZ, TONI MORRISON (1992)
REQUIRED READING- Liked this one. Morrison’s writing style creates a real sense of dramatic movement, like slow dancing or a flowing stream. There was nothing in this story that I necessarily loved and I wasn’t too invested in the characters- the writing was just fantastic though. My favorite part is still Violet stealing Baby Philly. For whatever reason, that shit just kills me- so very pathetic and a even a little frightening, yet you get sucked into Violet’s joy over it despite all those things…. Also really loved the Golden Grey and Henry scene, when Henry tells him to JUST CHOOSE what he wants to be, and be it, because playing it any other way is insincere.
THE TRAGEDY OF MARIAM, ELIZABETH CARY (1613)
REQUIRED READING- This was okay. I liked that the characters “owned it” a bit more than the ones from the last few plays we’ve read. Instead of blaming shit that happens to them on dogs, witches, the moon, or random symbols, they kind of accepted the fact that they made their own decisions and created their own destinies, good or bad, right or wrong.
I also enjoyed the way this play pointed out some of the ridiculous societal rules for women and highlighted the contradictory nature of them. Silence is prized, yet if you don’t speak you can be thought dull or that you’re hiding something. Chastity is prized, yet not so chaste that you piss dudes off….on and on.
CITY MUSEUMS AND CITY DEVELOPMENT, IAN JONES (who cares?)
REQUIRED READING- Ugh. It’s over.
WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK AND OTHER STORIES, SANDRA CISNEROS (1991)
REQUIRED READING- I remember really liking The House on Mango Street back in the day. Some of these I REALLY LOVE: “Eleven”, “Salvador Late or Early” and “Woman Hollering Creek”. A few of the others I have surprisingly disliked though, “Marlboro Man” and “Mexican Movies”…Still have a few stories to go.
THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE, FRANCIS BEAUMONT (1607)
REQUIRED READING- Looking forward to getting into this one today and tomorrow. The plot sounds interesting to me because the play starts in the audience and was originally performed by kids. I’m going to have to read more of it before I know how I feel about it, but so far it seems promising.
I haven’t been able to read more than 10 pages of my fun books this week. Boo.