Title: Shakespeare in an Hour
Author: Christopher Baker
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Smith & Kraus
Keywords: drama, history
Reading period: 28 July–1 August, 2010
Quick, readable intro to Shakespeare's life and plays,
setting him in the context of the religious and political turmoils
of the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean eras.
You can't do justice to Shakespeare in an hour, of course,
Most useful if you didn't already know anything about him or his work.
Title: The Best American Crime Writing 2005
Author: Otto Penzler (editor), Thomas H. Cook (editor)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Keywords: non-fiction, crime
Reading period: 9-16 December, 2007
Female sex slaves, Ukrainian oligarchs, an obsessive silver thief,
white-collar criminals facing jail time, virus writers,
self-destructive surgeons, and the Madrid bombers,
are just some of the stories in this collection
of non-fiction writing on crime and criminals,
published in various magazines in 2005.
The book is bracketed by two pieces by James Ellroy.
In the foreword, he argues that
"true-crime writing offers a less kineticized and
more sobering set of thrills [than crime fiction]—chiefly
couched in human revelation".
In the concluding …continue.