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Who would have thought Shakespeare would still be so contemporary? Well, a lot of people it turns out, but in the case of our modern political atmosphere Greenblatt helps us by doing most of the heavy lifting. In Tyrant, the author scours through Shakespeare's historically tyrannical characters in a way that illustrates the correlation between the past and our present without ever having to actually mention current political events. He lays out the groundwork and allows the reader to find their own way. And because of this his work will never go out of style. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
Through his own personal struggles this poet has developed such a clear and strong voice. There's a wisdom underneath these lines that sometimes simmers until the final verse, but you feel their impact. And then there are certain poems (Changeling) which seem to cut through flesh, back and forth, as each line passes into the next. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
I love how casual and accessible this book comes off as, Morgenthaler cuts through the rubbish and demystifies a lot of the pretentions associated with bartending and social drinking to allow anyone who wants to learn, or be a part of the culture, a quick read to feel confident walking into any bar (public or private ). ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
From teenage crime reporter, to the sands of D-Day Normandy, early pulp writer, and eventually Hollywood cult director, Samuel Fuller turns his yarn the best way he knows how, by getting down deep and dirty to tell the God's honest truth. This man lived one of the most fascinating lives I've ever heard told, and the blunt honesty to which he tells it still moves me years later. One aspires to live like him while reading his tale—to wrestle down in the mud, to experience and to feel every pain and every breath life has to offer. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
What is history to us? Smith asks, through a myriad of voices, sloshing through pain and time. A beautiful and poignant way to speak about the present by talking about the past, and discovering similarities between time to uncover truth. Smith is never too far away from sublime in her work, sharing her experiences falling in love, becoming a mother, and seeing the history she will pass on to her child. All the while guiding us through pain, and leaving us all with a little hope. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell