Watch out, Ian Somerholder – you’ve got competition for being my most beloved celeb. Hiddleston has won my heart over and the interwebs keep delivering more goodies. The latest vid that has been circulating is making fan girls, particularly those (like me) with a love for lit / poetry, positively swoon. And it gets even better – this vid is just the beginning! I downloaded The Love Book app and have found over 20 readings by Hiddleston. There’s plenty of other great narrations from other actors too (including Helena Bonahm Carter) reading pieces by WH Auden, Emily Bronte, EE Cummings, Shakespeare, JK Rowling, and so many, many more. And, of course, they’re all about LOVE. This is just awesome. And one more bonus: a percentage of the proceeds go to Save the Children. So, because of all this awesome, I had to share it on every social media outlet I’m plugged in to. Enjoy!
PS – I very, very seldom download apps that actually cost money. But I assure you, this is worth your $2.99
Without any further adieu:
We know the story, we know the actors, and we know the man in charge. Of course Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was as amazing as you’d expect! I loved every single second. The way it was shot, the way Joss worked with the script, and the way the actors played off each other. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof were born to play Beatrice and Benedick. And it’s a wonderful bonus, of course, for Angel fans to see the lovers reunited and finally earn their happy ending. What they bring to these roles is truly priceless. And the list goes on! I’ve adored Fran Kranz since his days as Topher, and I didn’t think he could steal my heart any more – but his Claudio was so incredibly winsome! He and Jillian Morgese’s Hero broke my heart as they fell victim to the undermining of Don John. And, oh, to see Sean Maher as the bad guy! For the love of Simon – this is the first performance that’s ever made me wish Don John had some redemption… Reed Diamond (Don Pedro) and Clark Gregg (Leonato) were charming as well – and the scene where the two of theme scheme with Claudio was uproarious. Denisof’s eavesdropping Benedick is so comical that some lines were left unheard over the audience’s laughter! And finally – seeing Captain Hammer and Andrew join forces… Tom Lenk’s Verges and Nathan Fillion’s Dogberry stole every scene they were in. A truly perfect pairing. Ah, I could go on…
After the screening, Whedon provided a Q&A with cast members. I was delighted as Tom Lenk, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisof crossed the stage. And, truly, the cast seemed as excited to be there as we were. They’re all as wonderful in person as you’ve imagined. Tom was the quietest of the group last night. Clark is charming and comical. Amy is the sweetest thing in the world. And Alexis – oh, what a lucky girl that Aly Hannigan is!
It boils down to this – Joss Whedon is an incredible human, and his overdue success has not changed him. He is down to earth and having fun with his friends, who just happen to be incredibly talented. His spirit and love for story comes through in everything he does. Shakespeare is one of the few writer’s I’ve admired longer than Whedon himself, and to see this interpretation on screen is an absolute delight.
Below… videos and photos for your enjoyment!
The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Vol 2: The Literature of Renaissance England by Frank Kermode
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A handful of readings were assigned from this anthology for my Alchemical & Hermetic Traditions class. We were assigned excerpts from Faerie Queen and Milton as well as a few small poems. What I enjoyed the most were the complete readings we had for Dr. Faustus and The Tempest. I had fun reading Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and comparing it to Goethe’s Faust. I always find variations in storytelling interesting. Where as Goethe presented a Faust that was really more of a pawn and subject to the temptations of the devil, Marlowe’s Faustus seeks the devil himself. As for The Tempest, I read a lot of Shakespeare in high school and college, and I honestly can’t remember if I read this play before or not! I enjoyed it though. I think the scenes with Miranda and Ferdinand were my favorite. I always enjoy over-the-top romance. They fall in love so quickly and so hard! You really can’t help but smile at it.
All in all, I will admit none of these readings have helped me understand alchemy any better beyond seeing how present it was in Renaissance lit. And I know I only picked up on fragments of it. I’m looking forward to our class lecture coming up, where I know my instructor will spotlight the alchemical elements and help us get a better understanding on this ancient tradition.
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