Book Info: Genre: Play/Classical works Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: all Trigger Warnings: IT BE OF THE DIVVEL!! (well, not really, but you know...moreBook Info: Genre: Play/Classical works Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: all Trigger Warnings: IT BE OF THE DIVVEL!! (well, not really, but you know... it does express some views that might upset religious people. Details below)
Disclosure: This was my “random read” for November; unfortunately I could not manage it until now. I actually have two copies of this, both of which I picked up free: one from The Internet Archive and one from Project Gutenberg. I’ve chosen the Gutenberg edition to read, as the Internet Archive one is an OCR and they’re often riddled with errors. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: One of Western culture's most enduring myths recounts a learned German doctor's sale of his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe transformed the Faust legend into the English language's first epic tragedy, a vivid drama that abounds in psychological insights and poetic grandeur.
My Thoughts: My apologies for taking so long to do my November Random Read! This is not for everyone, as it is a play (I mean, Marlowe is a famous playwright, after all), and a lot of people don’t have the patience to read in that format. However, I have done plenty of drama and I enjoy reading plays and thinking about how I would perform them.
This play presents an idea that I presume was probably pretty heretical at the time, but which I think is probably true. It is during the initial conversation between Faustus and Mephistophilis, which runs (in part), thus:
Faustus: How come it, then, that thou are out of hell? Meph.: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.
This states baldly that Earth is a part of Hell, an idea I have espoused for years. People are so terrified of Death because they’re afraid of Hell. Well, there’s no need to be! We’re living it in every day, right here.
Unfortunately, the edition I have is apparently defective, because at a bit under half-way through the story the device froze up and I could not continue, although I could open other books with no problem. So I was unable to finish the story. However, I did enjoy what I read. I shall have to try to seek out another edition that will hopefully work. In the meantime, however, I believe I should probably go on and read something for which I owe a review. However, I do encourage folks to seek out these sorts of classics and read them. I want to find the oldest version I can find of the original story and read that first, I think, before I make another attempt on this play, because I feel there is a lot of background that I am missing. Until later, then!(less)
Book Info: Genre: Self-help/GLBT workplace issues Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: Anyone who wants to understand better the sorts of issues GLBTQ...moreBook Info: Genre: Self-help/GLBT workplace issues Reading Level: Adults Recommended for: Anyone who wants to understand better the sorts of issues GLBTQ people go through in the workplaces, GLBTQ people Trigger Warnings: Discrimination
My Thoughts: Please note: this is not a review of the full book, but of an excerpt I was provided as a reviewer. From the excerpts, it appears that each of the essays is written by a person who is involved in their company in various ways to make it safer for GLBTQ people to come out and be open in the office. Each provides an example of why they choose to takes these steps, and how they went about, and how it worked out, or is working out. Some are GLBTQ themselves, some are straight but supportive. It is obviously well edited, or at least the segments I saw were well edited.
I am uncomfortable providing a rating without having read the whole book. I had received a galley from NetGalley, but my Kindle disappeared, so I have no way to check to see if that was the whole book. Until such a time as I can read the whole book, I cannot assign a rating to this text, but I can recommend that if these issues interest you, you should definitely check out this book and these various essays for more information.
Disclosure: I was provided a galley with a short excerpt from the book from JKS communications, the book's publicists, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: A major transformation is happening in today’s workplace. This groundbreaking anthology chronicles personal narratives from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied executive trailblazers who have conquered adversity and ushered in policies that affirm and support the LGBT community in the workplace. Out & Equal at Work profiles an advocacy organization located at the intersection of the private sector and the broader social movement: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and its visionary Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry. (less)