Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday October 7 2013

Lear continues. Unfortunately the technical problems I had last week also continue.  I still cannot save the text for Timon of Athens in the “Play Analyses” side bar and I simply don’t know what to do.  The link is this if you want to find it this week
Free blogging is nice but it means there’s no one there to help you when glitches turn up.  I just hope it’s a onetime thing and that everything works today. Keep your cyberfingers crossed.

From Davis and Frankforter’s The Shakespeare Name Dictionary.
  • The Cotswolds, a range of hills near Shakespeare’s home town Stratford, is an area with which he would consequently be very familiar.
  • Cupid is the Roman god of love and is used often in the plays, often “mocking or pointing up the disasters that follow from impetuous love matches.”

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In the novel After This, by Alice McDermott, “Once more into the breach” is spoken by one of the character and “Something rotten in Denmark” is mentioned by another. As You Like It and Henry V are mentioned as is “Shakespeare” (just generally). Unfortunately none of these lifted this rather bland novel.
  • Sven Wolter, who will be premiering as Lear in a couple of weeks (we have tickets for the 26th) was interviewed on Gokväll, a popular program on SVT (/Swedish TV). Says Sven (in rough translation and paraphrase): “The play is about a ruler who becomes a person. The play has fantastic lines and lyricism. After playing Lear on Gotland in 2001, when my wife was very sick and shortly thereafter died, I want to do the play again because there is so much existentialism in it. It‘s the only role I’ve wanted to do again. How has it changed? I’ve gotten old! I’m now 80 years old. The younger actors don’t ask my advice, I learn just as much from them as they do from me.”

Further this week:
  • Continued reading aloud with Hal: King Lear
  • Finished reading: Shakespeare’s Freedom by Stephen Greenblatt
  • Continued the King Lear film watching with: Ran
  • Ordered: Duke Ellington’s CD Such Sweet Thunder.
  • Ordered and received: The Hollow Crown, a trilogy of Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V with Jeremy Irons, Patrick Steward, John Hurt, Julie Walters and lots of other people.
  • Blogging Shakespeare posted the two texts and

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