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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trumpery

I stopped writing so prolifically here when the Occupant assumed the presidency. When that person was reappointed by you stupid, stupid Americans, the heart went out of me. I think many things now, which would be worth recording, but dismay has dumbfounded me. But, to persevere.

That the Republicans should be so feckless as to bring Trump to the fore … have we learned nothing? We’ve heard an imperious mountebank say anything at all, as long as it promoted his cause, whatever it might have been (anti-American exceptionalism). We know now without any ambiguity what was meant by “Hope and Change”. Hope that our enemies are our friends. Change the definition of marriage. So obvious, now. But since we are stupid, stupid, stupid Americans, who never learn and become more and more decadent, only, then we must follow after the next loudmouth demagogue who says just anything that we idiots wish to hear.

No record, no achievements, other than adultery, bankruptcy and self-promotion. Wealth from, what? Casinos? It is an obvious if cheap question, who did the building in Trump’s developments? Illegal aliens? The facile, knee-jerk populist tropes he spews and spouts – he’ll make Mexico build a wall … he’ll end Islamism in a couple of weeks … just believe you him, it’ll be great – how very cheap, such talk. And now, since there is no Republican party, only American morons, this charlatan is the likely candidate. Against Hillary? What a nightmare.

 Someone texted me, who would I vote for if it’s Trump-Hillary. I replied, would you rather eat your own shit or someone else’s puke. Something like that.

 I’ve not been following it. I don’t like pornography because I do not like slutishness. But Cruz seems like a solid candidate. I’m not sure what the complaint against him is. He’s, um, an insider? Is that it? Can that be right? If so, boy, are you dumb. But of course you are dumb. America, land of the free lunch and home of the brave front. Idiots. You have pissed away the legacy, traded your heritage for a mess of pottage, or pot.

 I had thought that the convention might produce some common sense, but some poll said that eighty precent of Republicans thought the delegates should be bound by the first choice. A new thing under the sun. When I saw the map of how it breaks down (that is the correct phrase) by state, lo! The red states go for Cruz and the blue states, which REPUBLICANS WILL NOT WIN IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, go to Trump. The states that will lose the election for us are the states that are selecting our candidate. Therefore, might we suppose that NOT being bound by the first ballot at the convention would be a more prudent tactic?

 In this most recent Tuesday’s primaries, Trump won all five. All is not lost, but the Romney debacle taught me to face likelihoods more realistically. We shall not hope against hope. We, whoever we are, should work as we are willing, because otherwise the terrorists and liberals will have won.

And that’s probably why I’ve bothered to write this. Remember that phrase, the terrorists will have won? They did. Somehow Bush led to Obama, who has led us here. That so called war against so called terror somehow so unmanned us that we became as thoroughly decadent as the islamists said we were. Our institutions are destroyed, so how have the terrorists not destroyed us? The fall of two important buildings in NYC was all it took. Like Sampson and the pillars of the temple of Dagon. Fifteen years down the line, and we find we have lost our country.

 I have an old cat who pukes on my bed. I buy old-cat food, but guess I’ll try sensitive-stomach. It’s a hassle, and I curse, but I can’t be angry with her. She’s 14 or so, and she likes me. We have to be patient, and gentle.

 Do I seem inconsistent?


 J

Friday, April 22, 2016

Reup

Here I am.  Fallen silent in a way I had not foreseen.  Submerged.  I have much less physical pain nowadays.  Something philosophical in that, the way we accommodated ourselves to circumstances.  Gratitude must be a cardinal virtue.  That's probably why God has allowed this horrible universe into existence -- that we may learn gratitude. Indeed, it's the core of Christianity.  As a function of intellect "belief" and "faith" don't mean anything.  When the soul encompasses that particular faith, it emerges as gratitude.  Suffering, then, is the meaning of life.  The Buddhists were right.

I feel like experimenting with small talk.  Not a natural gift.  I'm reading Dostoevsky's The Idiot.  Man.  He's so good.  I read The Brothers Karamazov, oh, 35 years ago.  Always knew I'd read it again.  It's next.  I thought I'd dive back in with something shorter.  Relatively speaking. It's a pleasure almost physical, how good he is.

You will have noticed my comprehensive scouring of the internet for Shakespeare productions.  I expose myself to him every day.  It's not that some play can mean just anything.  It's that there's so much there, anything can be drawn from it -- as with the Bible, it says what it says, but you can prove anything with it.  Stray thoughts: Tennant's Richard II --  by far the best production I've seen of that one; it's like they're doing  it with understanding.  I cannot stand Juliet, as always performed -- so much that I simply can't  watch.  I don't like hysteria.  Actresses, please just say the lines and let the words do the work. You got the part -- you don't need to emote.  Orson Welles was the most talented man of the 20th century.  As expected, he was a charming jerk -- but he was always right in his artistic choices.  He did the finest bit of voice acting I ever heard -- the moment of inarticulate realization.

I found out last night that my mother has not been paying her mortgage.  Again.  There's a point where irresponsibility becomes wickedness.  I said that I had thought this would never again happen.  She has replied that she is a responsible person.  What am I going to do?  Imagine that this 81 year old woman is able to change?  But it is ruinous to me, the dishonesty.  That's why parents are so toxic.  They plant the seeds.  Both of mine were amazingly dishonest, and I have this huge trust-issue.  Hmm.  My father, also 81, is so consumed with fear and rage and depression that I don't suppose he can last much longer. When I was a young child he gathered his sons, his "offspring", and for hours would give soul-crushing lectures.  I remember when I was twelve he'd talk about having been so depressed that he'd put a shotgun barrel in his mouth.  Somehow I don't think his sons existed for any other reason than for him to use in such ways. Now he is likely near his end, and I care, but he's caused enough suffering. The wages of sin, and suchlike.

How am I different.  Every vice is customized.  Their dishonesty, my distrust -- equally poisonous.

I have several major projects in mind, but simply lack motivation.  Two of them, I think, are actually important, like, to the world, or some part of it.  People who read.  But I am deeply discouraged, etymologically.  My courage is crippled.  My heart is constricted.  No longer young, diminished by pain in a way that has made me old, much of my energy is spent or misspent philosophizing myself into being as non-crazy as I can manage.  Not the same as health.

I started this blog years ago as a means of venting.  I made a few contacts that were nice to have, to suppose the wide world had some like-minded folks in it.  Here I am, again, then, at least this once, venting.  No need to respond.  The expression itself can help things fall into perspective.


J

Friday, April 1, 2016

Shakespeare Productions Online

This is a public service. So much rubbish, there is. Here's something, um, good. Some of this would be available from local libraries, even if it's interlibrary loan.  No doubt NetFlix / Amazon / etc would be useful. I've linked mostly to professional productions, with no attempt at reviewing them -- with a few (!) exceptions.  A few amateur efforts are included for the POV, when only one professional production is available. The 'VK dot com'  links can be viewed via a facebook signup.  Just for the history of it, I’ve included non-snippet silent films. There's more available, but I'll add as I please.

Links go dead, so there's that. Maximilian Schells' dubbed Hamlet, for example, from German TV -- although you'll be delighted with what IS available! On the other hand, Polanski's "Macbeth" is on a Georgian server -- former USSR. Is it safe? And of the BBC series from the 70s and 80s, only a few are on youtube; a South Korean server has all of them. I prefer YT because you can play at faster speed, which, frankly, works even for Shakespeare. There are some hard-to-find works here ... Plummer's Hamlet, for example.  Sadly, the deep and vasty wood of the world is no safe place, and viruses lurk. If you find a dead link, or a toxic one, pls let me know. And, when you think about it, don't you suppose a thank-you might be in order?

So, in your idle hours, here's a place to invest your time.
COMEDY / ROMANCE

Two Gentlemen of Verona

LLCC (static camera)
 RSC


Audio
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
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Taming of the Shrew

Burton (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
ACT (VK)
Globe One Two (VK)
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Audio
Howard 1  2  3  4  5
CBS (click #137)
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Comedy of Errors

FKB  One   Two
Globe
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Audio
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Love's Labour's Lost

WSU  1  2  3
Branagh
Globe
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Audio
Marlowe Soc. 1-3  3-5
LS Finch
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Midsummer Night's Dream

Kline (VK)
Animated or VK  
Noble 1996
Benny Hill 1964
 Globe

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Audio
BBC or YT
Scofield  One & Two
OSF
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Merchant of Venice

 Welles (fragment)

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Audio
Caedmon  One   Two
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
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Merry Wives of Windsor

St. Louis One Two (static camera)
Globe
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Audio
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Much Ado about Nothing

Globe or VK One  Two
2012 (!)
UVUTSF One Two
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Audio
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As You Like It

BBC or YT
Globe or VK
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Audio
Redgrave  1-3   3-5
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
Olivier One  Two
NT 1968 One  Two
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Twelfth Night

Fraser (excerpts)
Globe or VK
 Animated or VK  

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Audio
Godfrey 1-2  3-5
Scofield  1  2  3  4  5
LS Smith
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Troilus and Cressida

SAI One Two (static camera)
Globe
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Audio
Marlowe Soc. One Two
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Measure for Measure

ACT One Two
Globe
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Audio
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4 5
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All's Well That Ends Well

BBC or YT
Globe One Two (VK)
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Audio
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Pericles

L Sch One Two
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Audio
Scofield  1-3  4-5
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Winter's Tale


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Audio
LS Portman
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Cymbeline


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Audio
Karloff  1-2  3-5

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Tempest

Globe (VK)
Prospero’s Books (adaptation) 1 2 3
Jarman (!)
Globe

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Audio
Redgrave 1-2  3-5
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
LS Wolfit

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HISTORY

King John

BBC or YT
WSC (static camera)



Audio

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Richard II thru Richard III
AN AGE OF KINGS – 1960 BBC mini series
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Richard II

2014 RSC 1  2  3 (VK)
HC Wishaw
Globe
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Audio
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Henry IV, Part I

HC Irons
Globe
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Audio
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
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Henry IV, Part II

HC Irons
Globe
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Audio
Caedmon  1-2  3-5
LS Wolfit
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Henry V

Branagh (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
Globe
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Audio
LS Burton
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Henry VI (1,2,3) & Richard III
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Henry VI, Part I

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Audio
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Henry VI, Part II

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Audio
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Henry VI, Part III

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Audio
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Richard III

Looking for Richard (adaptation)
Spacey
Globe

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Audio
Barrymore (click #284)
LS Finch
RMT (paraphrase)
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Henry VIII

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Audio

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TRAGEDY

Titus Andronicus

Hopkins (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
Globe


Audio
Caedmon 1-4
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Romeo and Juliet

DiCaprio (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
Bloom or YT
1975 One  Two
Globe One Two (VK)

Silent 1911
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Audio
Finney 1  2  3  4  5
Marlowe Soc.  1  2  3  4  5
RMT (paraphrase)
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Julius Caesar

BBC
RSC (VK)
Animated or VK  

Silent 1914
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Audio
Richardson 1-2  3-5
Marlowe Soc. 1-2   3  4  5
Argo Rylands
GP
LS Finch
RMT (paraphrase)
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Hamlet

Branagh (click “GEO” to “ENG”)
Plummer (VK)
Burton or here or here
Tennant or PBS or  YT
Hawke (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
Cumberbatch --
One Two or One  Two (VK)
RedSC 1  2  3  4
Crisp or  HERE (VK)  (!)
Williamson
Kline
Law
Globe
Kozintsev

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Audio
Welles One Two
Scoffield 1-2 3-5
RMT (paraphrase)
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Othello

Nat Th   One Two (VK)
Globe One Two (VK)
McKellen
Richardson
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Audio
RMT (paraphrase)
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King Lear

BBC
RSC
Scofield (VK)
Olivier  (VK)
Goddard (click “RUS” to “ENG” – ‘adaptation’)
Ran (Spanish subtitles - VK)
Magee
Holms
Blessed
Kozintsev
Globe

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Audio
Scofield 1-2  2-5
OSF
LS Wolfit
Columbia
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Timon of Athens

St. Louis One Two (static camera)

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Audio
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Macbeth

Polanski (click “RUS” to “ENG”) or YT
Fassbender (click “RUS” to “ENG”) or VK
Sher  One  Two
Throne of Blood (adaptation) One Two
Brett (!)
Globe
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Audio
Guiness One  Two
Marlow Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
Audio 1 2 3 4  5
RMT (paraphrase)
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Antony and Cleopatra

Heston (click “RUS” to “ENG”)
Dalton (!)
Globe
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Audio
Scales 1  2  3  4   5
LS Finch
1978  One  Two
RMT (paraphrase)
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Coriolanus

Hiddleston (exerpts)
St. Louis One Two (static camera)
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Audio
Burton  1-2  3-5
Marlowe Soc. 1  2  3  4  5
LS Stride
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Two Noble Kinsmen

St. Louis One  Two (static camera)
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Audio
Arkangel  (site)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8  9 X 19 20 21 22 -27
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Edward III

St. Louis (static camera)
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Audio
LibraVox 1  2  3  4  5
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Sir Thomas Moore

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Audio
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Cardenio  “Double Falsehood” article

Hard Bard (static camera)
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                  Audio
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Arden of Faversham 
WPS (single  camera)
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Edmund Ironside - Article

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POETRY

Venus and Adonis
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The Rape of Lucrece
Logan One  Two
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The Phoenix and the Turtle
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A Lover’s Complaint
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Sonnets

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