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19 March 2010 @ 04:37 pm
I can't take me anywhere, apparently.  
I went to the bookstore today, and browsed the Shakespeare section, since I hadn't in a while. (Hey, have I mentioned how irritating and silly I think this whole "Innogen" thing is? Admittedly I have a personal bias toward the Folio version of the name, which is, oh, the version that has been bequeathed to history and all, but "because Simon Forman said so" does not strike me as particularly good reasoning. Nor does "it must have been an error": because... Shakespeare never has two different versions of the same name [Rosaline and Rosalind]? Shakespeare never changes names from the original sources [Cordelia]?)

ANYWAY. I found some books I'd like to look at in more detail, and pulled one book off the shelf, How to Do Shakespeare, by Adrian Noble, and burst out laughing at the cover:


Unexpected Tennant!

(Routledge site for the book: http://www.routledgeperformance.com/books/How-to-do-Shakespeare-isbn9780415549271 )

I am so ridiculous sometimes. Naturally, I did not make eye contact with anyone else in the aisle, in case they thought the laughter was a prelude to some sort of breakdown or plea for help.
litlover12: BA2litlover12 on March 19th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
It's better than crying in a bookstore (which I've done)!
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on March 19th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's true! I don't think I've ever cried in a bookstore. Dining hall, yes; bookstore, no.
litlover12: BA2litlover12 on March 19th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
It was a kids' book, and it was really really sweet, and . . . I'd better stop before I tear up again!

Sounds like a proverb for our times: Better to laugh over Shakespeare than cry over children's books. Or something. :-)
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on March 19th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
"I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad"? :)

litlover12: BA2litlover12 on March 19th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Shakespeare puts these things so much better than I do. ;-)
tempestsarekind: the man himselftempestsarekind on March 19th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
The man did have a way with words!
viomisehuntviomisehunt on March 20th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
oh too precious
As long as the caption, beneath DT, doesn't start tommorow, tommorow, tommorow. It is interesting that KB isn't on the cover, but certainly the author wants it to sell! Haven't seen David's version yet. When is it due back on PBS?
tempestsarekind: hamlet--though you can fret metempestsarekind on March 20th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: oh too precious
After I'd thought about it for a second, it made sense: Adrian Noble used to be the artistic director for the RSC, and the photographs in the book also seemed (from a quick flip-through) to be mostly from RSC productions.

DT's Hamlet is supposed to be on PBS on April 28, at least according to a fan site. (PBS is being remarkably un-forthcoming about the whole thing.)
salieri: alastroyswann on March 20th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Innogen makes me cranky.

Shouldn't that book be, "Who to do Shakespeare?" :)
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on March 20th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Very possibly. :)

The whole Innogen thing is just--either you're arguing that hewing closely to the extant text is the goal or you're not, guys! It's not "extant text but changing the bits we secretly don't like very much."