2: English and a good amount of French. I’d like to learn to speak Yiddish and Xhosa.
Game of Daddy Issues
Can we talk about how Stannis is the best dad in the show
Stannis and Ned.
I will never get sick of watching Gustavo Dudamel conduct.
All these Shakespeare blogs I follow and there’s still not enough Shakespeare on my dash
If anyone posts Shakespeare things, kindly reblog this so I can follow you.
Have a great day!
The Shakespeare on my blog is heavily punctuated with opera and kittens and whatever strikes my fancy, but I do post more Shakespeare than anything else these days
[…] I had pored over the text a couple of times before his arrival in County Galway and had been struck by two things: that Richard 2 is a family saga – cousins, uncles, aunts, spouses – and that Richard’s initial belief in his own invulnerability (a god on earth) separates him out from his relatives and his courtiers so that his growing self-awareness turns him toward the frailty of the common human condition.
[…] Richard has a lot to say for himself, and the language of early Shakespeare is easy to speak – the rhythms of the blank verse are regular and the vocabulary simple. Its formality is well-suited to the ceremonial structure of much of the action.
[…] There was a flight of moveable stairs on the set and little else, so Tim Goodchild could spend the bulk of his meagre budget on the costumes. There was plenty of room for regal processing and marching and as Richard’s decline set in, for kneeling and crawling. By his last scene in prison, Richard padded along the sides of a square like a polar bear I’d seen at London zoo, lunatic with boredom and constriction.
[…] But appearance and presentation aren’t enough and I needed to really believe that an audience in 1968 could accept Richard’s “divinity,” and therefore what makes the title of Tragedy credible – his acceptance of his own humanity at just the point when his murderers arrive. Then I thought of the Dalai Lama, who was accepted in Tibet as a divine incarnation, yet not by the invading forces from China, which led to his exile. Wasn’t he perhaps a modern Richard, without the tragedy, let’s hope? Anyway, I took encouragement that there was in the 20th century a living god who was also a suffering man. So the play was lifted out of mediaeval into our own times. This was not, however, a modern dress production. I found further confirmation that Richard’s fate had a modern relevance — in Hollywood, a city littered with the corpses of stars who were treated as superhuman and could not cope with the strain. Marilyn Monroe, perhaps, or Elvis Presley who was, of course, known as “The King”. So I played Richard as a star, out of touch with reality and desperate eventually for friends whom he had not had when the play starts.
— Sir Ian McKellen (about his 1968 run of Richard II at the Prospect Theatre Company), London, May 2003
Full text and some more photographs here
Rule 1: Always post the rules.
Rule 2: Answer questions that are given to you and then write 11 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 11 people.
Rule 4: Let them know you tagged them.
Rule 5: Don’t change the rules.
I was tagged by the glorious chickwriter
1. What does your favorite coffee/tea/cocoa mug look like?
GUESS. It’s a nice big mug from the RSC that has historical drawings of all the great roles in Shakespeare for men and women.
2. The one book you couldn’t be without on a desert island is…
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
3. Which fictional character do you most identify with?
I have three: Gogol Ganguli in The Namesake, Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Elinor Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. Oh and also Leslie Knope.
4. Have you ever loved someone from afar?
Indeed I have.
5. If you could choose just one talent, what would it be?
I quite like the ones I have, but if I had to pick another, I’d love to be able to play the violin or cello.
6. Cat or dog?
7. What’s your favorite city?
Cape Town, South Africa
8. Should decaffeinated coffee be banned?
If it didn’t taste so shitty, I’d be behind the concept of decaf coffee.
9. Poem you can remember off the top of your head?
Many, it’s my favorite party trick. My most impressive one is probably Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art”
10. Favorite name for a girl…
11. Favorite name for a boy…
1. If you had to pick one meal to be your last, what would it be?
2. Star Wars or Star Trek?
3. What’s the best book you read this year?
4. You have been given the gift of a theatre time machine. Where are you going first?
5. Favorite swear word?
6. What do you think is the greatest song ever written?
7. If you could only watch five movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?
8. What’s your favorite item of clothing.
9. Describe the best birthday party you’ve ever had.
10. What idiosyncratic habits do you have?
11. What is your favorite sound?
This is how my family does the selfie. I’m absolutely besotted with these boys.
You know, you’d expect the Shakespeare fandom to be highly intellectual and sophisticated, but in reality, it’s about 50 of us laughing in the corner, making bad puns and sex jokes. I think dear William would have approved.
I think I miscounted the men
Of course this is something you know how to do. Of course.
Peggy is the one to get stuck in ice in and survive the century. Pepper doesn’t get rid of Extremis and becomes Rescue. Bruce Banner stays under the radar leaving Betty as the authority in gamma radiation. Jane retains some of the Aether’s powers. Thor is busy ruling Asgard, therefore Sif is the one tasked to retrieve the Tesseract. Director Fury rounds them all up along with Black Widow for his Avengers Initiative and, Barton being compromised, Maria Hill steps up as the marksman of the team.
tldr; the ladies save the world instead