Category Archives: comedy

The Crying of Lot 49: Great read, but a little dated

Introduction I read Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 for two reasons. David Foster Wallace, one of my favourite authors, listed Thomas Pynchon as an influence. And, one of my best friends recommended this book specifically as a kind … Continue reading

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Azumanga Daioh’s main character, story despite form

  Upfront I have to admit this about Azumanga Daioh: I don’t really remember how the anime ends. Not exactly, anyway. So comparisons of the manga and the anime are going to be general when I make them and sparse … Continue reading

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Azumanga Daioh‘s third volume reveals an arc-less work

  Volume three of Azumanga Daioh carries on in much the same way as volume two. Though, where that volume’s go-to joke involved Yomi and her dieting, volume three leans much more heavily on the reluctant and lazy English teacher … Continue reading

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A blog entry about nothing — until the end

  In my last entry on Azumanga Daioh I just jumped right into a really brief look at whether or not it holds up after nearly 15 years. But I didn’t really explain why I’m reading it now. The broad … Continue reading

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A too-controlled end for The Taming of the Shrew?

  Aside from completely lacking anything with Christopher Sly in it (at least as it appears in my edition of the play), The Taming of the Shrew‘s fifth act is a fitting conclusion to the play. Though, its madcap comedy is … Continue reading

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The curious absence of Christopher Sly

  The fourth act of The Taming of the Shrew has far less of Christopher Sly than I expected. Peeking ahead a little revealed that, at least in my edition of the play, he doesn’t show up again until the … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Shrew‘s busy and witty third act

  The general rule about classical drama (be it Greek or Shakespearean or Victorian) is that comedies end with marriages. But in The Taming of the Shrew, one marriage comes early. In the play’s third act, Petruccio and Katherine are married, offstage. … Continue reading

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