im having such a hard time doing anyhting or taking care of myself in any way right now. ive been trying to send these two emails all week and i just havent been able to. or, something. or im Bad. or „ i dont know. who knows. Who Kno
how do you KNOW so many things about hamlet and how do you analyze all the super complicated intellectual things so EASILY it makes me feel sad and stupid to see you think Brain Things about hamlet that are so smart and you're like "well yeah haha obviously" but it's so like how??? do you analyze???? wow???? bluhhhhh
Ohh nooo anon. Anon anon anon. Imagine I am grasping your hands lightly yet firmly and staring into your be-sunglassed eyes. Please don’t feel sad or bad because of some stuff I said. That is the Opposite of my intent. If I go “haha, well that was obvious,” that’s generally because I’m berating myself for not making a connection I felt I should have made (also because of Self Hate shit), not one that i think anyone should have made but that I feel like I, specifically, should have.
And like, as for it coming “super easily” to me? I think I would probably be lying to you if I said that a lot of it wasn’t pretty natural, but part of that is just that everyone has different gifts and strengths. I can’t remember what a comma splice is no matter how many times people tell me, I literally could not remember how to find the area of a rectangle when I was taking the GRE, and I’ve had a sketchy history at best with learning foreign languages — all things that are considered like baseline Smart Person things. I let people call me stupid, an idiot, etc. for years and years and years because I bought into the idea that because I wasn’t as great at getting good grades and math literally made me cry and I liked science and doing experiments but tended to fall apart once there was equations and formulas that meant I wasn’t as smart. And worse, I bought into the idea that because I wasn’t as smart/good at these things I was somehow lesser as a person.
And like, I think that p much everyone has the capacity to do the sort of analyzing I do. Which I don’t think is THAT great but let’s run w/ the assumption that its Good at least for the sake of this discussion. Now, not everyone can do Lit Crit Textual Analysis things, which is cool, and not everyone wants to either, which is also cool. This doesn’t change their goodliness as people.
But if you want to, I think there’s a good chance you can. A lot of it comes down to accessibility, I think, of resources/training, and the idea that lit crit bullshit is super Ivory Tower Academia nonsense. Like, when I say that I mean that culturally/academically people have been taught/trained to think of this sort of work as very difficult or only something you can do or should attempt to do if you have a certain amount of degrees/a certain amount of prestige.
Basically my position is, if you can write tag meta, you totally can write lit crit, even on something as seemingly Dense as Shakespeare. (tho again, if you can’t, there’s no shame in that, and that does not change how Rad u are.)
One of the barriers w/ Shakespeare specifically is I think sometimes the language can be Confusing, and defs was for me when I started doing the Shakespeare (ok ok it still is sometimes). I have a short attention span and a lot of impatience, so the thing that helped me the most was watching a thing. After I watched Hamlet on stage for the first time, it started to Click, because seeing people speaking the lines, seeing their inflection and what they’re doing physically while they speak, makes the language a lot plainer to me.
Historical context can also be Important with Shakespeare, which a lot of times some of it is left out when it gets taught in school?
Anyway, no, here are some Things that I use a bunch to look shit up/stuff I have found Useful in the past when trying to understand things:
shakespeare.mit.edu has all of the plays, all of them, in just plain html. this is incredibly useful, and if i’m trying to find a specific quote a lot of times I cntrl+f to find it (“shit where even is we defy augury — ah there it is”)
The problem with facsimiles is that sometimes they can be a little hard on the eyes since the type can be small/the photocopies not Fantastic, but generally you can zoom in pretty far. I’m guessing they might also present a difficulty — at least, the ones that are Early Modern and so have weird spelling things and f’s in place of s’s — if English is not your first language or you have dyslexia, tho I’m not certain bout that not being dyslexic/being a native speaker myself. (I do know that it gives ME a headache sometimes if I stare for too long.)
There’s also lots of facsimiles of the First Folio online (the first folio is the edition of Shakespeare’s complete works published in 1623). Some of them are easier to navigate/read than others. The one that I’ve found that I like best is the Bodleian First Folio, because they make it r easy to switch from one play to another, and you can zoom in quite a bit.
Other facsimiles/collections of facsimiles I like: The Horace Howard Furness Shakespeare Library’s online collection, which has texts related to Shakes as well as actual plays. The Digital Scriptorium, which is the joint project of a couple of Special Collections libraries (incl. the one at my school!) that has imgs of all or parts of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
And here’s the Historical Thesaurus of English, which I haven’t used a lot but even the concept of it makes me v happy. Basically if you type in an English word (say, “crap” or something) it’ll tell you how it was used in different periods. This includes slang and dialectal usages and stuff!!!! Wow I’m gonna go look up dirty words now.
And never ever ever let someone shame you for using wikipedia. It’s been especially great for me for looking up historical context stuff, since it hyperlinks to all the relevant things that might not be covered/covered as much in info on the s-man/the plays. Wikipedia might not have a guarantee of 100% accuracy but I’ll let u in on another secret —- this is true of every ~official~ ~scholarly~ text as well. At the very least, the links to the sources the article used can be super helpful.
Seventy percent of doing any sort of Humanities related criticism — theater, literature, history, etc — is knowing how to strip the bullshit off of something someone else has written to get to the meaty center. A lot of academics write only for other academics, and often I feel like to impress other academics, so they can be Tough to read no matter how many hours you’ve clocked reading academic articles.
As for how you Analyze, I’m trying to figure out how to explain that. I think, basically, what it is is you have an opinion on something — you think that Ophelia is using flower language in 4.5 to communicate she knows more than ppl think she does, you think that Laersric is real, you think that Gertrude knew about Claudius killing Old Hamlet —- and you find evidence in the text and in the context surrounding the text to support that claim. Or it can go the opposite way — you can find something weird/that you don’t understand (like why Hamlet has such a dramatic mood shift from “o what a rogue and peasant slave” to “to be or not to be”, whether or not the ghost is telling the truth, what the Religion stuff in the scene where Claudius was praying means & how that works w/ the rest of the play) and look for instances of other stuff in the play that will help you understand that/contextual stuff that help make more sense of it. In its simplest form it’s just arguing your position on a text.
We are all born with gifts, anonfriend, and mine just happens to be running my gob bout things I think are interesting and reading. I know people who are way Better, I think, at Hamlet, but they do more theater stuff and/or don’t like writing as much as I do, so a different skillset with the same/greater amount of understanding — that’s how it works. Like I know in my bones that thegeekyblonde knows hamlet as well as if not better than i do, she’s just too busy Owning nerds on youtube and winning slam poetry competitions to write ridic meta. And odysseiarex knows more about Shakespeare than many many people and defs more about Hamlet, she is a Powerful Theater Wizard, and is just too sensible and too concentrated on using her powerful theater magic on irl productions of the stuff to babble for thirty paragraphs.
Anyway the point is anon, I don’t want you to ever feel bad because of something I write, tho you know, EMOTIONS BRAINS SHIT HAPPENS. But that’s not why I’m doing this. (also maybe let me kno if you see this cause i kno i sat on it for a few days and i am V Serious about not wanting people to feel Stupid or anything like that. its something that Hecked Me Up and i would much rather share information than make anyone think i have Special Hamlet Powers.)
London| The team of experts from the auction house Christie’s, have confirmed this morning that a 16th century book found recently in the personnal collection of a recently deceased English Lord, is indeed an authentic printed version of William Shakespeare’s lost play, The History of Cardenio. The book was discovered last year by employees proceeding to…
THIS IS SO FUCKING EXCITING IF IT’S REAL (WHICH THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO SAY IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
nope. never mind
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god. what the fuck. Thank god I stopped reading these bad books.
YOU KNOW WHAT THE PUNCHLINE IS???
im still so attached to them, and to the characters. i was researching shit this week and found out that val’s middle name is sophia and i was just like “YEAH THATS RIGHT WE SHARE A MIDDLE NAME” and was legit excited, which is such. jeez. i still love val. i still love val, and petra, and jane, and si wang-mu, and like lbrh, ender and bean and everyone.
i find myself wanting to read the newer books i haven’t read because i still. want to find out what happened/is happening to the characters.
THEY’RE NOT GOOD. THEY’RE NOT GOOD BOOKS. but im so attached to the fucking characters
Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill: apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new “authorities,” or face loss of citizenship or expulsion. This was laid out in officious-looking fliers pasted on the local synagogue. One local snapped a photo of the fliers and sent it to a friend in Israel, who then took it to the Israeli press and, voila, an international scandal: American Twitter is abuzz with it, Drudge is hawking it, and, today in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the fliers as “grotesque.”
The Donetsk Jewish community dismissed this as “a provocation,” which it clearly is. “It’s an obvious provocation designed to get this exact response, going all the way up to Kerry,” says Fyodr Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs. ”I have no doubt that there is a sizeable community of anti-Semites on both sides of the barricades, but for one of them to do something this stupid—this is done to compromise the pro-Russian groups in the east.”
To summarize what the links are saying: the fliers weren’t handed out by officials, but by a couple of people just standing outside a synagogue (these people remain unidentified). There’s been no enforcement of this order from any actual officials, and no one has actually registered. The links say there’s undoubtably a lot of anti-semitism in the area and that these fliers represent a potential threat to the Jewish community, but no action has actually been taken to make Jewish people living in Donetsk register.
I can’t vouch for the validity of anything said in these links, or for the reputable nature of any of these publications, but it does seem that it’s a large possibility that stories published about this in Western publications are reactionary/not as fully informed as they’d like to seem.
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I just realized that I can be using my Employee Discount Powers for good! I work at a thrift store and can get all sorts of cool clothes super cheap half off on top of the thrifty prices. For example, I can get shirts for as little as two to four bucks a piece, pants for like three to five bucks a piece, skirts for like three to five bucks, dresses for like four to ten bucks, (buck buck buck lol so many bucks I’m a chicken now) etc.
If you live in Canada or America and need some cheap (if you can afford it and would like to) or free (if you can’t afford it or think you deserve presents than that’s totally cool too I mean seriously dmab trans folks all deserve presents every day) clothes, you can send me a message and we can talk sizes and style and stuff. I’m living on a bit of a budget right now but would be totally happy to spend like fifty bucks or maybe more a month on helping you look and feel like you can and should!
Before I get more into what my store has, I should mention that our selection of plus-size stuff tends to be pretty spotty. I’ve tried a few times to get our management to do more to bring in and shelve plus sized clothing, and will continue to advocate for it, but I’m pretty sure they’re not listening. That being said, if you need it, I swear by my rabbits that I will go to all five stores in my city to find good clothes that fit you and make you feel rad. My partner has experience with shopping for plus sized clothes (and REALLY great fashion sense) and they have kindly offered to come with me and give me a hand with the shopping, so hopefully we should be able to get a really good fit for you!
My store carries all kinds of clothes: scarves (including winter scarves and beautiful scarves for head wrapping) blouses (short/long sleeve), knits (short sleeve like T-shirts and long sleeve), sleeveless tops, pullovers, cardigans, hoodies, yoga pants, sweats, shorts, capris, casual/more formal pants, jeans, skirts, summer dresses and sleeve-having dresses, blazers, vests, pant/dress suits, spring jackets, winter jackets, leather/fur coats, rain jackets, PJs, nightgowns, underwear, socks, shoes/boots/sandals, jewelry, purses, etc.
Basically I want to do this because I know how tough - and unaffordable - it can be to shop for the clothes that you might need. You might get judgement from employees, friends who are along with, family who monitor purchases, or whatever.
In case it wasn’t clear this applies for ALL dmab trans folk, nonbinary people included. Also, if you live outside of Canada or America, maybe try me anyway and if it is within my budget we can work out shipping.
Even if you don’t need the thing please consider signal boosting!
EDIT actually hey dfab folks you can feel free to message me too. I’m giving top priority on the free clothes to dmab folks but we can work something out you’ll still get one hell of a deal.
commander shepard rattling off monologues from human scifi movies every time she has to make a speech and the humans in the team just snorting under their breath while the aliens are like “wow did she just make this up out of nowhere? this is amazing”
In Speaker for the Dead the Starways Congress is mentioned as being established 1100 years after the end of the 2nd Formic War/Ender’s departure from earth, but apparently in Shadows in Flight there’s mentions of when Starways Congress was founded in relation to Bean’s timeline, and the long and short of it is theres a 750 yr discrepancy.
I’m going to have to actually buckle and read Shadows in Flight/Ender in Exile/ the Earth books so i dont have to go off of stuff on the ansible wiki/philoticweb.net threads aren’t i. and reread the later Shadow books I already hate myself for these decisions.
not sure if i should be Glad or Concerned about other ppl also caring so much about this
i was making a post (attempting to) explain some quotes i thought were Particularly Hilarious from this one book of shakespeare lit crit written in 1748 but i realized halfway thru that it wasn’t. that funny. in lieu of that, here are my two new fave super passive aggressive book titles:
Shakespeare restored: or, a Specimen of the Many Errors as well Committed; as Unamended; by Mr. Pope in his Late Edition of this Poet, Designed not only to correct the said edition but to restore the True reading of Shakespeare in all the Editions ever yet published by Lewis Theobald, in response to Alexander Pope’s 1725 edition of the complete works (1726).
The Canons of Criticism, and a Glossary, being a Supplement to Mr. Warburton’s edition of Shakspear, collected from the Notes in that celebrated work and proper to be bound up with it by Thomas Edwards in response to William Warburton’s 1747 complete works (1748).
that one is a particularly Sick Burn imo because when he says “proper to be bound up with it” thats not like a metaphorical “my book is as good as his” thing, people had to get their books bound the r nice fancy gold leaf tooled leather bindings did not come with the book, so he’s saying “literally stick my book in with that piece of shit. bind them into one book. fix this fucking mess. do it.”
also there’s a fuckin, long as shit poem by alexander pope called the dunciad which is just him passively aggressively attacking literary critics, authors, poets, theatre people, printers, and booksellers
if u ever think that ppl getting nitpicky and pedantic or childish/fussy about posts other ppl made on tumblr/idk like fuckn, movies and shit, you should look at lit criticism in the 18th century. i mean, or at any time because lit crit is often composed of lots of Babies
but in the 18th century ppl wrote whole books that were literally just, im going to quote from this guy’s edition of this thing, and then im going to tell you why they’re WRONG, and then move onto the next snippet. just, hundreds of pages of that. im reading one now and its three hundred pages and had like six editions published before the author died
SITTING HERE FOR HALF AN HR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE ONE IN “Dunciad B. IV. 1. 567” MEANT BC THE DUNCIAD IS JUST DIVIDED INTO BOOKS AND THEN LINES NOT SUBDIVISIONS OF THAT OR W/E AND THEN I REALIZE
this really interesting (“interesting”) trend emerges where whenever something violent has to happen to a woman/a woman dies, in osc stories, its often given more description than is really narratively necessary. im not sure why. for — authenticity? (no im kidding i kno why)
every time romeo & juliet talk about Loving each other vs every time brutus & cassius talk about Loving each other
record of every work published by james tiptree jr. enumerated in several different sheets — one chronological, one only with novels/single author collections color coded by work incl. all foreign language translations, one for just short story publications color coded by year, one w/ short story by magazine — all w/ publication date/publisher/editors/call #s if at my library/notes on variant covers
a list of every single instance i can find of women publishing science fiction/sf-nal works prior to 1926 — and expanding outward to the fifties and sixties too some tho those arent as exhaustive — incl. nationality of the author, place of original publication, and whether or not the name is a pseudonym (if i can find info on that)
my latest endeavor, trying to actually visualize/quantify trends not only in osc’s protag’s behavior but in the stuff i always cite as his Common Themes/Pitfalls by checking off whether or not they appear in each of his indiv. works (skipping a few short stories if they are deemed Insignificant/too short).
I AM BOTH SUPER PROUD? and TERRIBLY EMBARRASSED? w/r/t all of these items. i know i should not have made these, that it is a ridiculous thing to spend time on. ITS BAD. its bad and im bad for doing these things and yet i do and theyre v Soothing.
mmmmm making myself a spreadsheet might be a good idea, as a supplement to an actual narrative mood track thing. because there is nothin i like quite like i like making unnecessary spreadsheets, no matter what mood im in
mood tracking things , like, apps and stuff, which are really useful in theory and probs are v useful for v many people, are really not ever much help for me, when they use the slidey scale things for vague or big categories, or 1-5/1-10 rate-y systems.
like, i know … actually getting into the habit of tracking my moods and shit is Important … and in the past ive been able to accomplish that at least partially w/ Journals (and will probs go back to that, bc a much better indicator of shit for me than Slidey Things is how much i write/what i sound like when im writing) (and tbh my blogueing is going to help there too bc it serves as a record of my moods and shit as well as how much i feel like making huge effort posts and shit) (i am so bad at Journals which is Related and i v rarely can fill up all the Pages in a Journal b4 i have to switch to a fresh one)
anyway, the point IS, sorry, like, what does 1 mean??? what does 5 mean??? i know its supposed to be Subjective, but ??? what is a five what is a one. is a five Perfect Feelings and one is Bottomless Pit what do the slidey things indicate. im going to waffle on what to put every day so it might not be an Accurate reflection of my moods , or, what a 3 is could change for me conceptually every other week?????
what is. a three. this is a deep philosophical q we should all ask ourselves.
by all means call out john green on his bullshit don’t stand for one bit of it but while you’re at it don’t throw the 13 year old girls who read his books under the bus with him for crying over fictional boys and photoshopping flower crowns onto things and blogging about their social anxiety protect them at all fucking costs
I guess my school just did it wrong, because when I participated in DoS today, it was out of respect for those who killed themselves because of bullying. NOT JUST LGBTQIA people. And honestly, it gets me a little angry at all the LGBTQIA people on tumblr going “lol look at all those stupid straights with duct tape on their mouths.” I’m sorry, I’m going out of my way to show some respect and try to put myself in your shoes, and this is what I get. Ridicule. Honestly. Yeah, go ahead, bombard me with “straight tears” comments, but just remember I’ve never once bullied anyone, and I’m showing respect for the dead and suffering. That’s all it is to me- respect. I’m not turning it into a whole political issue, and it gets me mad when people diss DoS because really its participants are genuinely nice people, so why are we getting hatred for it?
shit, did DoS already happen? anyway — im sure you’re not expecting or looking for any sort of real explanation of why this shit burns so many people’s toast (and to make it absolutely clear — NO queer person owes you one) but you’re getting it anyway.
Second, w/r/t “I’m going out of my way to show some respect and try to put myself in your shoes, and this is what I get. Ridicule.” Congratulations! You may have gotten closer to putting yourself in “our shoes” than many people do during DoS. This one day of ridicule/undue attention b/c of your sexual orientation is what queer people go through every single day. Every single day, and with huge consequences in our personal lives, our academic work and careers, and with regard to our personal safety.
I know that a lot of people who defend and participate in shit like the Day of Silence are in high school or pretty young, and that a lot of roads to activism seem to be blocked to them because of their age. But if you really do want to show respect for the dead and suffering members of the queer community, one day of not talking is not how to do that. Activism and ally-ship is a day-to-day venture, it occurs not just in large gestures but in small ones. Tell people off when they use “gay” as an insult, berate people when they tell transphobic and/or transmisogynistic jokes. Advocate in your schools and communities for getting more books by queer authors and with positive portrayals of queer characters on the syllabus, speak up in class when someone pulls some gender essentialist bullshit.
And remember — nobody owes you anything. Some people might choose to thank you, or to point out the work you do as an ally, but no one owes you that. Arguing for and supporting people treating queer people with basic human decency doesn’t mean you’re going to get a pat on the back, and if your priority is respect or recognition, you might want to examine why you’re doing this shit in the first place.
Another reason queer people get pissed about the DoS, or at least, one of the reasons I do, is cause its one day for all the kids who get bullied, and a whole damn week for allies. A week of recognition vs. one day of silence. And! SILENCE! You know? I know that GLSEN & co. have backpedaled on the Silence part, and there’s arguments for how the not talking thing works/DoS contributes to more vocal types of activism, but just even the language rubs me the wrong way. And I feel that it draws more attention towards allies than the people they’re supposed to support, it’s something where the focus is put on — if we’re talking about allies & not queer ppl who participate in the event —- cishet people re-enacting what they think oppression b/c of sexuality/gender identity looks like. Maybe that’s me extrapolating too much, but that’s what it feels like, you know?
I know it’s a learning process, and I know it’s not something you’re going to be able to recognize all at once, the privilege you have, but it’s also your responsibility to conceptualize and accept the amount and sorts of privilege you have, to keep that in mind when acting as an ally, and to prioritize the safety, comfort, and voices of queer people.
You can’t just make this about “respect.” It’s political, it’s absolutely political, whether you or I like it or not. How can you show “respect” for people while not recognizing the institutional discrimination/harassment that lead to their deaths in the first place?
And you need to remember that while you and other straight allies might get shit for a few days, “genuinely nice people” who also don’t ID as cis or straight get a hundred times that hatred every day. “genuinely nice people” die because of their sexuality or their gender identity, realizing that is part of the whole reason for DoS.
i don’t like glsen, i don’t like the day of silence, but still — i can’t help but feel you missed whatever point there might be.
OH GOOD i only have three prescriptions i need to fill. two others that i have more of, enuf i can wait a few days. because i did not want to take. five prescriptions for psychiatric meds. to the dillons.