My daughter's English class' next book assignment. So, early preparation is key! I approach Shakespeare with trepidation. But this is kind of the mostMy daughter's English class' next book assignment. So, early preparation is key! I approach Shakespeare with trepidation. But this is kind of the most 'fun' one, carrying as it does so much superstition in the theater world, and having ghosts and witches and whatnot. And this edition looks like it makes it as manageable as possible.
After: on multiple levels: yuck. The three portents were familiar, must have read this in high school too. Noted this time the Christian terminology; and the notes mention that this may have been an aspect of the witch hunts which tore through multiple communities in paroxysms of hate. And there's a derogatory reference to Irish soldiers. Apart from all that, violence and evil within comes out and causes much grief and damage and then is answered. Thinking not to read this many more times hopefully.
It's interesting about how Macbeth wrote this in answer to King James I giving him praise and societal position etc.., and so changed details of what was presented accordingly.
Was fun to unlock the language to an extent though!...more
This book made a big impression on me when I was assigned it, during my Women's Studies period. The central idea - that people in the majority cultureThis book made a big impression on me when I was assigned it, during my Women's Studies period. The central idea - that people in the majority culture are responsible for their own education regarding people in other cultures - has stayed with me. The inherent anger, or something like anger, maybe simply self-assertion? - of it has also remained. I kind of assign that same stance to people I come across, without it necessarily being valid. I also haven't read it all, probably just one or two selections (as assigned).. so at this point, reading it will be a rich and essential experience!
But enough about me..
The foreward to the 2nd edition, dated 1983, ends with an allusion to each of us as bridges for each other, and the words of Donna Kate Rushin: "Stretch.. or die."
The writers in this book come from all over the world.
The sections are as follows:
Children Passing in the Streets - the Roots of our Radicalism Entering the Lives of Others - Theory in the Flesh And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You - Racism in the Women's Movement Between The Lines - On Culture, Class and Homophobia Speaking in Tongues - The Third World Women Writer El Mundo Zurdo - The Vision...more
Seems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourcedSeems like potentially the perfect antidote to my current conundrum of hard-to-read Great Literature ala my daughter's class, and tedious Mom-sourced current novels..
And starts out engagingly interestingly!
I've wanted to get around to this for so long, am very excited! ---- Finished 2/26/10: This book deserves a really excellent review. Unfortunately, my time is overcommitted right now especially, and am going through a transition as well. Plus, I just want to re-read it instead of writing anything about it right now!
So, rather than doing any misc paragraphs right now, I think I'll start something in Word and see if it becomes anything good enough to include.
Until then, I'll just list some of my favorite aspects of this: Multiple points of view Day-to-day life details Intimacy details Self-identity construction insets in which a character's life is explored fully, fascinating lots of political content feels true India
If anyone (in the US) is thinking about 'living simply', this book is a great starting point. Middle-class in India can entail a very, very modest lifestyle by US standards. And a couple times in the book, a character feels bad about the luxury around them. Only, they're talking about a towel, or a mattress. This book is great for really getting a serious glimpse at how others - others who are just as real, just as whole, just as smart, just as good, etc.. etc.. - live with much, much less. My extensive clutter looks very different to me now....more
This is a book of great photographs paired to quotes. Printed in 1970, it is clearly constructed from the mindset of 'men do, women are seen & felThis is a book of great photographs paired to quotes. Printed in 1970, it is clearly constructed from the mindset of 'men do, women are seen & felt & experienced.. then they become mothers and thereby sacred' - the dichotomies are actually quite severe (both between women and men and between mothers and non-mothers. I think it was something I always just understood to be 'before' the Women's Movement.
Ok, now here are some actual quotes:
'Men always want to be a women's first love; women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man's last romance.' Oscar Wilde
'Flirting: Attention with Intention.' Max O'Reill
'Not to go to the theater is like making one's toilet without a mirror.' Arthur Schopenhauer
'History is philosophy teaching by examples.' Dionysius of Halicarnassus
'There's only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.' Chinese proverb (with *great* photo, perfect for that)
'There mustn't be any more war. It disturbs too many people.' 1917 - An old French peasant woman to Aristide Briand.
'Suppose you go to war, you cannot fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides, and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions as to terms of intercourse are again upon you.' Abraham Lincoln.
'Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.' -Mark Twain (with a photo of a women holding a candle and forging bravely into the darkness, so that's something).
'There are no fools so troubling as those who have wit.' La Rochefoucauld (and the photo is great, the feet of someone sitting cross-legged, and the uppermost foot has a loafer-type shoe, where the sole is separated from the rest of the shoe in front... and the front part (the gap between the two) has a nice row of paper teeth inserted.. looks like the shoe is laughing.)...more
The excitement was palpable when the synagogue (Conservative Judaism) I belonged to at the time received the brand new copies of this. I adore my ownThe excitement was palpable when the synagogue (Conservative Judaism) I belonged to at the time received the brand new copies of this. I adore my own copy, and gave some to family members as well. It is great on a number of levels - readability; ease of reading multiple streams of text and multiple languages kind of simultaneously; and a variety of views presented as possible, in typical Jewish tradition. Even though I've since migrated to the Reform and Reconstructionist branches, this text is dear and will always be a part of my observance....more
Have been interested in Autism to an extent, at my daughter's K-8 school there was a great autism program and so she had 1-2 autistic kids in the mainHave been interested in Autism to an extent, at my daughter's K-8 school there was a great autism program and so she had 1-2 autistic kids in the main class periods all the way through. And this in particular sounds excellent, since it relates to the more severe instances of autism. Plus, I'm always relatetively interested in the brain. Then add the India part, this Mom there who researched on her own and found a way to breakthrough to her son- thereby potentially leading the way for everyone else. Very exciting!...more