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“Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard” by Ben Crystal

Shakes on Toast

Shakespeare on Toast was published by Icon Books on September 11, 2012. Ben Crystal is an English actor/author who has been interviewed by many news agencies about his work with Shakespeare. His previous publications include two books co-authored by his father David Crystal: Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin, 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin, 2005).

In 2009 I went on a Shakespeare’s England Abroad with a group of students from my college. Really I just wanted to go to England, and I was an English major, so it seemed like the thing to do. I guess because I always liked reading and stuff, I never hated Shakespeare like most people. However, I can definitely understand how some people are turned off by the holier-than-thou aura that surrounds the genius playwright. Read the rest of this entry »

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Good Reads for December

December is a month for being with family, eating disgusting amounts of delicious food, and curling up on front of the fire with a good book and an eggnog latte. I recently joined a number of groups on and tomorrow I am going to the library to pick up the books on my reading list for this month.

goodreadsFor the Books2Movies Club, which focuses on books that have been made into films, I will be reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The book is made up of the diaries and letters of a depressed high-schooler. It sounds a bit like the classic Adrian Mole series I used to read, so I am rather looking forward to it. Another member of the group said that she loved the book so much she couldn’t put it down. Let’s hope I experience the same sensation! Read the rest of this entry »