This contains 250 anecdotes about art and artists, including this one: Mexican artist Diego Rivera knew what was important in life. While he was living in Paris, a fire broke out in his apartment one... More > night as he was sleeping. Mr. Rivera ran around, gathering paintings and taking them outside to safety. Only after he had saved several paintings did he discover that he wasn’t wearing any pants.< Less
Paperback edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: Opera singer Leo Slezak was forced to diet for most of each year because, being a huge man (he was 6-foot-7),... More > he had a large appetite and gained weight easily. (One of the few days of the year that he didn’t diet was his birthday.) When he was dieting, his wife carefully measured out portions of food on a scale and those portions were all he had to eat. Of course, Mr. Slezak ate the food quickly and then muttered that the food scale had to be wrong. Once, for a few meals in a row, Mr. Slezak didn’t complain about the portions of food he was doled out. His wife praised his will power and suspected nothing until she walked into her husband’s den and discovered that the family dog was very interested in the middle drawer of her husband’s desk. Opening the drawer, she found a large salami.< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about family, friends, and the funny things that happen in real life, including this anecdote: Quaker humorist Tom Mullen has an older brother named... More > Frank, who lives in New York City. During strikes by the people who collect the garbage, Frank has discovered a creative way to get rid of his garbage. He gift wraps it, then leaves it out in plain view. Someone always comes along and steals it.< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: On September 24, 1974, the daughter of actors Michael Williams and Judi Dench was born. She was named Tara Cressida... More > Frances, but everyone called her Finty. Because Finty’s parents were Shakespearean actors, she learned quotations from Shakespeare as a tiny tot. One parent would say, “I’ll put a girdle around the earth …,” and Finty would finish the quotation: “in 40 minutes.” If a parent asked her what King Lear says, Finty would answer, “Never, never—FIVE times!” In a Nativity play, Finty played the innkeeper’s wife, and when she was asked what the play was about, she replied, “It’s about this inn-keeper’s wife, of course.” When Finty was 11 years old, she told a friend that a play her mother was appearing in was “without doubt the most boring play I’ve ever seen in the whole of my life.”< Less
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
The Capulets and the Montagues — two families, very much alike in most respects — in the... More > beautiful city of Verona, Italy, battle each other because of a long-standing feud. Because of this feud, the hands of the citizens of Verona become dirty with the blood of other citizens of Verona. The two families have given birth to two children — a boy named Romeo and a girl named Juliet — who become ill-fated lovers and commit suicide. The burial of these lovers also buries the quarrel between their two families. These lovers’ story is told in this book.< Less
Timon of Athens has a problem. He has been immensely wealthy, and immensely generous, but some of his debts are due, and he has no money. But he is positive that his friends, to whom he has been... More > immensely generous, will be just as generous to him. His steward, Flavius, is not so positive that these friends of Timon will be generous.< Less
Cressida has a problem. During the Trojan War, she falls in love with the young Trojan warrior Troilus and eventually sleeps with him. Almost immediately, she is sent to the Greek camp in exchange... More > for an important Trojan prisoner because her father, a Trojan seer who has turned traitor and joined the Greeks, wants her with him. In the Greek camp, one Greek leader kisses her, and then another, and then another. The kisses are supposed to be in greeting, but this is a dangerous situation for a young woman to be in. Will Cressida be true to her vow to be faithful to Troilus? Will Cressida find a male Greek protector? Will Cressida fall in love with a Greek warrior? And is Thersites, a Greek who is deformed in body, also deformed in mind? Or is his cynicism fully and completely justified? Is Cressida the slut Thersites thinks she is?< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about friends and family, including this anecdote:
When Ohio University student Kate Krushinski was in middle school, she had a German teacher whose... More > last name was “Ball.” Of course, in middle school many students call their male teachers “Mister” and address them by their last name. However, the German word for “Mister” is “Herr,” and the German teacher made his students address him by his first name because he did not want them to call him “Herr Ball.”< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
CHAPTER 1: The Temptation of Macbeth
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In a deserted place above which thunder sounded and... More > lightning flashed, Three Witches were ending their meeting. Nearby, a battle raged, and soldiers and horses screamed and died.
“When shall we three meet again? Shall we meet in thunder and lightning, or in rain?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet again after the battle is over. The battle shall have its conquerors, and it shall have its conquered,” answered the Second Witch.
“The battle will end before the Sun sets,” said the Third Witch.
“In which place shall we meet?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet upon the heath,” answered the Second Witch.
“There we shall meet Macbeth,” said the Third Witch.
With the Witches were their familiars. Graymalkin was a malevolent spirit in the form of a gray cat, and Paddock was a malevolent spirit in the form of a toad. The familiars were growing restless.< Less