THE WRITE STUFF
William Shakespeare¹s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Quirk Books, $14.95)
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope is an officially sanctioned retelling of George Lucas¹s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon.
Star Wars is full of all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays and here, author Ian Doescher deftly reimagines Lucas’s film in iambic pentameter (and keep an eye out for nods to Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and sonnets). May the verse by with you.
Thirsty? Drink up the fun, facts and recipes in The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book (University Press of Kentucky, $10.99). The tome offers a fresh perspective on an age-old tradition, as it features a variety of bourbon cocktails that experiment with an entire range of flavors and techniques. Authors Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler provide readers with more than 100 recipes for seasonal drinks, after-dinner cocktails and special-occasion drinks such as the Mint Julep and the Manhattan. The book also brims with tips and tricks for the home or professional bartender, detailing everything from recommended glassware to foods that complement the drinks themselves.
DVD QUICK PICKS
It’s been dubbed “a cross between The Big Chill and The Royal Tenenbaums, but A Night for Dying Tigers (Monarch Home Entertainment) is too unique for comparisons. In 24 hours, Jack goes to prison for five years. Tonight, for the first time since the sudden death of their parents one year earlier, the family is summoned to their ancestral home for Jack’s farewell dinner. What begins as a civil, if not joyful, reunion filled with food, drink and acerbic conversation, quickly devolves into a morally questionable whirlwind of regret, reversals, and revelations. As they duke it out in a half-savage half-civilized fashion, these characters, and the truths behind their long history of conflict and tragedy, are slowly and surprisingly revealed.
We do so love the award-winning series Portlandia: Season Three (Video Services Corp.).We love the show’s eccentric and unnerving characters that inhabit the quirkier enclaves of Portland, Oregon, much better. The two-disc contains all 10 episodes as well as the Winter in Portlandia special episode.
Returning for season three are Dave and Kath, two of the town’s most uptight residents; Spyke and his girlfriend, Iris, who try to take TV pop culture back to a more familiar time; and Nina and Lance, whose passionate relationship takes a turn when Nina plans a lavish birthday blowout.
Returning also are Kyle MacLachlan as Portland’s trusty but oft misguided mayor, Jeff Goldblum who returns to work at another uniquely themed store and Kumail Nanjiani who continues to overwhelm patrons with too many options. Additionally, Fred and Carrie take in a new roommate, Alexandra, played by Chloe Sevigny.