June 16th, 2009


Richard III sidebar

This useful addendum from a film-maker friend who had seen the play and read my post :

Not sure if it will travel, either, but it was in Washington in March and was not as well recd by the post (they didn’t like they way it satirized the American. They loved it at BAM the night I was there):


Also, you can read about the productions humble beginnings in Stratford here:

I especially appreciated the context provided by Margaret Litvin on the Muslim Voices site. She has a forthcoming book entitled Hamlet’s Arab Journey, which I believe was also her dissertation at Chicago.

It's a great article.

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The incomparable Catherynne Valente is writing a book and letting us read it in real-time, as she writes it. 

This strikes me as wonderfully Dickensian.  There's Cat, writing madly, while the printer's boy waits impatiently to grab the latest installment and run it down to be typeset in time to make the next edition of the magazine.  Except that she's typing, and there's no printer's boy, no typesetter, no mediation between her computer and ours, between her writing and our reading.

Which makes the project what?  Techno-steampunk?  Post-post-modern Victoriana?  Audacious?  Brave?  Awesome?  All of the above?

Dickens wrote to feed his family and pay his bills.  He got paid by the word.  Catherynne has family and bills, too, but she's doing this for love.  <em>The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Devising</em> is up on line, where anybody can read it for free and nothing, unless they choose to donate.  It gives us all a way of being patrons of the arts without having to build a chapel and commission frescoes.  It uses the internet to distribute things that make the world a better place.

Oh, and it's really good.  <lj user="d_aulnoy"> has written a wonderful review in her latest journal entry.