(BBC & Time-Life Films)
by William Shakespeare
Call number: OTH
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
While this isn’t a new production (1981), it is a new addition to our collection, and the BBC’s series of all of Shakespeare’s plays is worthy of note, especially since in it we have some of his lesser-known and lesser-filmed plays. I personally had neither watched nor read this one of the Bard’s tragedies, and my only prior knowledge was that Othello is Shakespeare’s only minority protagonist, and that the antagonist Iago is sometimes considered Shakespeare’s most evil villain. Curious….
Anthony Hopkins (one of many actors to play the hero in blackface) is a compelling lead. While we don’t hear much dialogue from him in the first few acts, by the third act you have enough insight into his character to pity his tortured thoughts while also shaking your fist at his jealousy-inspired cruelty and impetuousness toward the beautiful Desdemona – played by the young Penelope Wilton, who might be more familiar to audiences today from a major role in Downton Abbey. Iago’s hatred for his once-beloved army commander is maniacal and nonsensical enough to earn him the “darkest villain” title in my book.
True to Shakespearean tragedy, the only characters I really liked by the end get killed along with some others, but I won’t spoil the ending for you. At over 3 hours, this film may not be one to sit down and devour in one sitting, and the close captions definitely were needed for me to follow the dialogue in some quieter scenes. But I enjoyed the story and the acting and am sure the other films – see the link above – in the series are just as good.
Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater!
Did you bring your cellphone, personal laptop, or other wifi-enabled device to campus? You can connect to the campus wireless network by following these instructions:
- Connect your device to the “UWWGuestAndSetup” Wi-Fi network.
- Open a web browser and go to a NON-UWW webpage to launch the Wi-Fi registration page.
- Scroll down to enter your guest ID credentials and click Register or click the “Don’t have an account?” link to create a guest account.
- If creating a guest account, fill out the guest registration form to create a tempoary username and password. Write down or save the temporary guest account information given to you, then select Sign On to enter your temporary account information.
- Read and accept the license terms and conditions, then change your temporary password when prompted.
- After changing your password, you will be fully connected to the UW-Whitewater network.
Need detailed instructions? Click to download these PDFs:
Page to Screen / Screen to Page
by Blair Davis
PN1995.9.C36 D38 2017
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
Memorial Day has come and gone, heralding the summer season. What shall we do other than camp and bike and wear white? Why, watch movies of course! I’m a big fan of movies based on comic books and graphic novels, and this summer am very excited to see the new Wonder Woman film. It’s also nice to go back and watch older ones as well.
Movie Comics: Page to Screen / Screen to Page provides great information about the history of the comic/graphic novel connection with motion pictures, a mutually beneficial adaptation relationship going both ways. It began with comic book shorts in the late nineteenth century and continues to the present day. While the book focuses on the 1910s to the 1950s, Davis does mention the vast adaptation wasteland of the 1960s-1980s and the return of terrific comic book films in the late 1980s. The author feels that other books have done a great job covering the most recent few decades, so doesn’t venture much into that era. These books include Film and Comic Books (you can borrow using UW Request) and The Comic Book Film Adaption: Exploring Modern Hollywood’s Leading Genre.
Scholars and those in search of less rigorous reading material will all get something out of reading this book. Davis’ discusses dozens if not hundreds of films, comic strips and books, and graphic novels. I’d read it just to plump up my Netflix queue, but there’s a lot more to it. I recommend checking this book out.
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
Tales of a 6’4″, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
By W. Kamau Bell
PN2287.B414 A3 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor
W. Kamau Bell is all the things in the subtitle of his new memoir and a keen social and political observer as well. His book traces his development as a comedian interested in how racism, classism, and sexism often work together to limit humanity’s potential.
If all of this sounds very dry, it’s not! Although he invites the reader to enter into awkward conversations to promote “real and lasting changes in the world,” Bell voices his thoughts here with humor and clarity and the book is a great read.
It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of summer road trip season. Since navigation apps are built into mobile devices, I’ve suggested a few things that you may not already have on your devices. Here are apps that will help you find fuel and constellations as well as fill those long hours in the car with games and trivia.
License Plate Game
Fuel Prices and Locations
Sky Maps (Especially useful if you are going camping or traveling through less populated areas.)
Remember that if you need to do any research on your travels, Andersen Library’s online resources are still available to you whenever you are off-campus. Start at Research@UWW and search for any topic to find online journal articles or ebooks.
Here’s some Friday Fun to get your brain warmed up for summer classes! Test your trivia mastery with a “fan-created” collection of Jeopardy!® game show questions called the J! Archive.
Start by selecting a season by number on the home page, then select a specific show from the list of show numbers (also displayed are the date that it aired and the names of the contestants). Once you’ve made a selection, you’ll see the clues board for all three rounds and the results for the contestants after each round. Hover on the dollar value of a clue and you’ll see the correct response, as well as any incorrect responses the contestants made. It’ll even tell you if it stumped all three contestants.
Andersen Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.
The Library’s summer session hours start on Tuesday, May 30:
- M-Th: 7:30am-8pm
- F: 7:30am-4:30pm
- Sat: CLOSED
- Sun: 1-5pm
The Reference Desk will be closed on Sundays, but the Ask a Librarian chat service will be available (as always). From 5-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Reference Desk will be closed, but UW-Whitewater librarians will be monitoring the Ask a Librarian chat service.
The Food for Thought Café is closed for the summer. Please use the vending machines outside the Library on the lower level, or bring in or order your sustenance!
Word of Mouse
Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; illustrated by Joe Sutphin
Curriculum Collection, Fiction, 2nd floor
From Stuart Little to Bernard and Bianca from The Rescuers, these little characters that squeak their way into children’s literature teach big lessons. Like many of his literary Mus predecessors, Isaiah’s size is outweighed by his intellect, resourcefulness, and heart. He may have been separated from his ninety-nine siblings in a harrowing escape plot gone awry. He may be marginalized by others of his own kind because of his striking blue fur. Nevertheless, he overcomes both tragedy and adversity, and shares the important words and lessons he learns along the way:
“We mice are nocturnal and crepuscular.”
“A mouse may run swiftly, but it can never escape its own tale.”
“Any plan is bad if it cannot be altered.”
But of all the important things he has to share, time and again he repeats the one that speaks to mice and humans alike:
“Because, when all is said and done, none of us is very different from any of us.”
Do you have other favorite book characters who just happen to be mice, too? Share a reply!
Here’s a fun and enlightening thing to do from time to time: Peruse the covers of popular magazines on Andersen Library’s main (2nd) floor to see what the current topics of interest are! Here’s a sampling:
- “What is genius?” (National Geographic, May 2017)
- “Smart everything: Smart cars. Smart appliances. Smart phones. Smart homes. Is any of it making your life better?” (Popular Mechanics, May 2017)
- “Toxic! How to handle difficult people” (Psychology Today, May/June 2017)
- “The future of television, food, finance, security, fashion, and the 41 companies that are creating tomorrow today” (Fortune, May 01, 2017 “The Future Issue“)
- “What you need to know about our melting planet: news from the front lines of climate change” (Discover, June 2017)
And there are many others….
One of the pleasures or advantages of perusing magazines is that you may be invited by a cover article, then stay to read many other articles in the issue (e.g., in the National Geographic issue is an article about creating 3-D images of animals like a cane toad). It’s even interesting to think about the advertisements that are placed in the magazine for people who are interested in these topics (e.g., the National Geographic issue contains an “ad” by Colgate about saving up to 4 gallons of water every time you turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth). Of course, the more you are drawn to keep reading, the better the job the magazine is doing, yes?
Written by Janet Hess, Narrated by Patricia Clarkson
QL 696 .A558 N38 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor
Did you know that a hummingbird’s heart beats more than 1,200 times in a minute? And that their tiny wings flap in a figure eight — at 80 flutters per second? There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds worldwide. Wisconsin is home to the Ruby-throated variety.
This fascinating video will tell you all about these tiny birds’ amazing super powers that allow them to fly backwards, upside done and hover like a Harrier Jet, but much more gracefully.
And it’s easy to attract hummingbirds to your home with a feeder filled with sugar water – you don’t even need to use red food coloring. Once you have a feeder outside your window, the little darlings will turn your windows into a wide-screen TV to the “nature” channel.