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Phew! I'm back from my grandpa's - that was my last trip this summer, honestly. I start school Wednesday. Fun!

In other news, this awesome shirt will soon be mine.

I’ve seen a lot of attempts at cheating on my Honors English midterm, Mr. Belknap, but your ingenuity is surpassed only by your glass-headed transparency. Did you think I wouldn’t notice your shirt? Or are your expectations of yourself so low you figured I would spot you this one?

Mr. Belknap, I know our relationship has been somewhat adversarial this semester, but my job as an educator is to challenge you! I’ve been charged with opening your eyes to literature and finding that creative spark, however small and neglected, within you.

So to see you with a shirt depicting Shakespearian characters on the day of our midterm focusing on Chaucer makes me weep for the future of America.

...Goddammit, I'd forgotten what an addictive place shirt.woot is. I don't want a Jackalope Wildlife Reserve shirt! ...Do I?



1. Watch Fodor's Hamlet. Brain given a sound beating; heart savagely ripped in two.

2. See Inception. Bruised brain also ripped in two, along with perhaps a lung.

3. Try to keep from weeping while also wondering IS THIS REAL LIFE?

so it's almost 3:00am now

Watching clips of rare Hamlets and Double Rainbow Song remixes is a totally legit reason to stay up this late, right? Right?

...Fuck it.

Anyway, I've started reading Othello (FFFFFFFFFFF), and so looked it up in The Friendly Shakespeare, because I can, and that is an awesome book. There is a section on Iago (how do you pronounce his name? Ya-go or ee-a-go?), with quotes from different somewhat-relevant people about him. And so here is a quote from Donald Spoto, who according to the text in front of my face is/was Laurence Olivier's biographer, talking about (I'm pretty sure) the 1938 stage production of Othello with Olivier as Iago and Ralph Richardson as Othello:

At [Tyrone] Guthrie's request, Olivier accompanied him to [the psychoanalyst Ernest] Jones's office . . . for two long evenings of textual analysis, during which the Othello-Iago relationship was easily interpreted for them by the Freudian acolyte. Iago was not, they were told, jealous of the Moor; rather, he was subconsciously in love with him, and this homosexual attraction led to his destruction of Othello's marriage to Desdemona . . .

But the odd idea of Iago's subconscious love became quite overt as rehearsals proceeded. Othello's third-act line "Now art thou my lieutenant" evoked an almost amusingly lascivious tone in Iago's reply, "I am your own forever." [Ralph] Richardson coped with all this by ignoring it - until the moment Olivier threw his arms around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. "There, there, now, dear boy," Richardson said gently.

whee, meme

Tagged by sherlockiangirl , heigh-ho.

If you’ve been tagged, you must write your answers in your own lj and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Tag eleven people. Don’t refuse to do that. Don’t tag who tagged you.

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oh my god

what is happening in this painting?

Also, this. Fourth image down. WHAT IS GOING ON

hamlets n things

This is Asta Nielsen. Isn't she gorgeous? <3

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to talk about last Saturday, which was my second to last day at OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) but also the most eventful and, dare I say AWESOME one.

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I have decided that, before talking about Hamlet or Merchant or anything else, I am going to talk about something that happened halfway through Merchant. It's possibly one of the best spontaneous things to happen during a play, and it was kind of amazing. You had to be there, I suppose, but I'm going to describe it anyway.

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other things of mine

Shakespeare Meme

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, underline the ones you've read or listened to, and add a star to any you've performed in, done readings of or otherwise theatrically participated.

All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Double Falsehood
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar*
King John
King Lear
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream*
Much Ado about Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus*
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night*
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale*


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