Shakespeare on the Common

On August 12, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.” 
                                        ― William ShakespeareTwelfth Night

This was the 19th year of Shakespeare on the Common, a Boston tradition that is well worth attending. This year’s performance was Twelfth Night, a favorite of mine.* It’s a wonderfully knotty comedy of errors with no shortage of great lines.

*Check out the film adaptation with Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter – very good.

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Loving this necklace of turquoise jawbreakers. 

It’s a fun event, especially if you have the time to arrive early (ideally an hour and a half, at least) and get a good spot on the grass. Bring a picnic, watch the crowds (it’s a hearty, appreciative, reliable crowd), take in a little Shakespeare…it’s a good time.

I’ve been nearly every year for the last 6 or so years, sometimes going twice in one summer. It’s always good—consistently interesting and innovative staging and interpretations—and occasionally exceptional (Othello a few years ago was phenomenal).

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My expression is so much like that of my mother in this photo. The architecture of my face is very like hers, will have to show you a photo.

photos by Chris Bennett (thanks, Chris!)

reading: Ozick, Shakespeare, Handke, Pelevin…

On February 19, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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Hamlet, Shakespeare* (over and over, have you seen the RSC production with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart? Highly recommended)

The DIN in the HEAD, Cynthia Ozick (essays, had been meaning to get to her for some time)

A Moment of True Feeling, Peter Handke (who has so far done no wrong in my eyes, who makes me wish I read German, whose book [one of] I bought in German in hopes of motivating myself)

French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano (currently on a French women kick that shows no signs of waning, fascinated by all of the cultural data strewn throughout this kind of book)

A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories, Viktor Pelevin (the kind of stories it is more fun to read than to try to categorize. SF? Postmodern? Speculative fiction? Who cares. I like them)

*’heart-ache’ was coined in the ‘To be or not to be…’ monologue.

Huh, nearly all living writers featured this time, Shax excepted…uncommon for me.