I had this idea because of a weird dream I had. This project is for after I finish reading the Harry Potter books – which I’m taking longer to do than I anticipated, because I’m enjoying it so much and I want to make it last.
My next reading project – which will run parallel to my rereading The Good Fairies of New York and Lonely Werewolf Girl before finally reading Suzy, Led Zeppelin, and Me – will be to read all of Shakespeare’s plays, in chronological order. There’s at least twenty of Shakespeare’s plays I’ve not read, and you know, I really like William Shakespeare. He’s one of those people that I like so much that it will change my opinion of – hm. This sentence isn’t working out. What I mean is, when people dislike Shakespeare, they go down in my estimation (like Bernard Shaw), but when people really, really, really like Shakespeare, I feel fonder of them (like Samuel Johnson). I have this same thing about the Brownings and Oscar Wilde. If somebody says something unpleasant about them, it’s like they’ve insulted my family. I feel very angry and I want to track down the offending parties and be like HEY YOU. BACK OFF. I even went through a phase of being angry at Alexander Pope, with whom – ordinarily – I think I would have gotten on beautifully. But I was mad at him for making changes to Shakespeare’s verses. I’m sorry to say that I called him “Alexander Poop” for two months my senior year of high school before finally deciding to forgive him.
Anyway, watch out for my views on Henry VI. Coming relatively soonishly.
I’ve really got to get off my butt and read Lonely Werewolf Girl. It’s been on my stacks for far too long.
Yes! Do! It’s so wonderful! I’m putting off going to bed tonight because I can’t decide whether I want to read the sixth Harry Potter book or Lonely Werewolf Girl again.
LOL, decisions, decisions. I’m reading Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone at the moment. Just started it tonight, and it’s keeping me up, too.
ooooo! Your Shakespeare project sounds awesome. I don’t know anybody who has read a whole lot of his plays – people seem to get 3 or 4 in colleg and say, “Yeah, that what-light-on-yonder-window-breaks one is pretty good, but I never got around to reading them all.” (I include myself in this category.) So, interested to see what you think of Henry VI
But after I finish reading the Harry Potter books. Emotions are running high as I begin the sixth book. I may get myself into a state of catatonic anxiety about Dumbledore and be hospitalized with strict orders never to read again, for medical reasons.
I always did want to read more Shakespeare. I’ve only read a half dozen, and most were in school. It sounds like a great project.
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