Sunday, January 08, 2006

Purchase of the day

So today Kerry and I went to "Building 19", which is the local "fire sale" place where they sell everything cheap cheap cheap, and maybe only a little damaged. We were on the hunt for a rug for our new room, and were told that this place has got the good rugs. Sure enough, we found one we liked. And then felt like browsing. I see this rack of tiny books labelled "Classics" and I see stuff like "The Man in the Iron Mask", "Robinson Crusoe", "Taming of the Shrew"...

Wait a second, back up. Taming of the Shrew? Cooool. I open it up - and it's basically an el cheapo 'graphic novel' approach to the play. Each page has about 4-6 graphic panels with characters speaking in lines close to Shakespaere, but not the original, as if somebody wanted to write it from scratch but didn't want to stray too far from the original.

I look at the price tag. 10 cents! Nice. Mind you this is a teeny thing that you could read in 5 minutes, this is not like a text book. But still, what the heck, right? I go digging through the big. Before leaving I came up with Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear (!), and The Tempest. I'm particularly pleased by those last two, because I am not nearly as familiar with the plot points of King Lear as I would like (who is?), and I have in the past attempted to tell The Tempest to my daughter as a bedtime story, and having a mini freeform script of the play in a pocket reference like this will possibly help me succeed in that attempt.

Not bad for the cost of change in my pocket.

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