From the sublime to the ridiculous. Includes Coriolanus/Aufidius.
Why, thou Mars!
Das Rheingold Prelude by Richard Wagner
The Flying Dutchman Overture by Richard Wagner
Symphony No. 6 (IV: Allegro) by Ludwig van Beethoven
The Planets (Mars: The Bringer of War) by Gustav Holst
Boadicea by Enya (a lady warrior who fought the Romans!)
Monster by Kanye West
Choke Me, Spank Me (Pull My Hair) by Xzibit
(art by immortallongings)
Aufidius and Coriolanus’s relationship is quote confusing. I can only reconcile it by concluding that they, simultaneously, want to:
a) kill one another
b) be killed by one another
c) fight one another until the end of time
d) love one another.
Because otherwise their relationship is very baffling. Aufidius thinks more about killing Coriolanus than vice versa, but that’s probably because Coriolanus always defeats Aufidius, who is sick of losing.
the Shakespearean “No Homo” (via lordbyronsbloomers)
Is it really “no homo,” though? Like Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Aufidius is only expressing how much he loved his wife in order to emphasize how much HAPPIER he is to see Coriolanus than he was his new bride.
I read it like this: You know… I kinda love my wife… But YOU are just the most amazing creature I’ve ever known and I’ll be DAMNED if I not throw you down on the bed and fuck you silly.
And then, let’s go - you and I - and kill some Romans until their blood runs torrents into the rivers.
Meta I wrote a couple of years ago about the tv show “Slings and Arrows”:(The original post is here: http://melancholydanes.livejournal.com/54578.html#cutid1)If I don’t write this meta down, it’ll keep rolling around in my brain, so here goes:
I came to “Slings and Arrows” as a theater lover, but not as a huge Shakespeare enthusiast. Not that I didn’t like Shakespeare, only that I hadn’t read many of his plays, and I was eager to learn more through the show. I just hoped that it wouldn’t go over my head, or that it wouldn’t dismiss me as someone whose first theater love wasn’t Shakespeare.
Interestingly enough, several creators of Slings & Arrows also wrote at least one musical, so I don’t think the “Shakespeare is better than everything else” message is completely true. Their musical parody is somewhat affectionate. The writers even said they wish they’d spent more time on it. Characters like Geoffrey certainly prize Shakespeare and “high art” above others, but he’s a purist to the point of madness (literally). I still think its take on pop culture is clear-sighted if scathing. And who wins in the end, financially? It ain’t the classics.