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So I was totally writing an Epic Iliad AU, in which Achilles totally disregards what Athena tells him to do and kills Agamemnon in book I. And I guess I took a fairly long break. But anyway, book IV is
here )
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So Book III is kind of really long. but anyway, here it is.
Book III )
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OH MY GOD, y'all, I started a project and didn't abandon it immediately! of course, there is still plenty of time to abandon it yet, but whatever. So.

Book II )
Book I
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So I'm taking this class called Gore and Glory: Early Heroic Literature. And, well, I shouldn't really be taking it, because we're reading the Iliad on such a shallow level, and I'm pretty sure most of the people in the class are just there to get their literature and the arts credit. But good things are born from the mediocre, I suppose: something sparked me thinking about what would have happened if Achilles had actually killed Agamemnon in Book I. And so I've decided to write it. (with some help from A.T. Murray's translation) Book I is basically summary, though.

So heres Book I )
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I have clearly gone completely insane, but I think it's in a good way, or at least a way that's relevant to my major.

A couple of people and I are doing a production of Hippolytus in the original Ancient Greek: we've got most of our cast and have possibilities for the two people we don't have; we have professorial support for the idea and for the reading; we have texts; we have ideas for staging; and last but not least, we have funding!

When we went to the head of department (who is also our Vergil professor, Feeney) he said essentially that he'd been waiting for someone to do something like this the whole time he'd been head.

We're going to have a chorus and try to get music, and Professor Katz can help us with pronunciation, and it's going to be painfully awesome. And a lot of work, but I think it's manageable.

(We were waiting outside Professor Feeney's office, and we heard that he was talking with our prospective Theseus. We waited for him to come out and cornered him, then told him about the plan. He agreed. So now we only need Phaedra's nurse and Hippolytus himself.)

The only downside to this is that it means I can't take five classes next semester, but oh well. I've been told it's a bad idea in any case.
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I think this might be one of the worst things I've ever seen. The bastardization! The assumptions about its audience's intelligence! (If they're right, please don't tell me.) The sentence "Text is greatly abridged, so reading these isn't tedious torture"! However, the sample texts make it all better.

Romeo and Juliette
: First, if I were abridging Romeo and Juliette, I wouldn't necessarily leave "I will push Montague's men from the wall and thrust his women to the wall" in. Secondly, ROMEO IS SO GODDAMN GIRLY. Not that this is inappropriate. And whoever talks first (forgive me, I haven't read Romeo in ages) looks like the boy on the cover of Magic's Promise.

: Speaking of girly... and with GLASSES. I repeat, Horatio has glasses. At least Gertrude is hot? (is that a bonus? well I think it is.)

For some reason the Julius Caesar is less ridiculous, although the artist has a tendency to draw people with huge foreheads.

And the Macbeth is actually kind of cool, even if some parts are... slightly disturbing, like the man reporting on the battle with his eye out of his head. Apart from that, the look is nice, darker and more angular. You just have to ignore the project. Because it's ridiculous.
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Behold my introduction for my Spanish Inquisition paper:

O Clio, as is proper I begin with you – tell me now of the causes of the Spanish Inquisition, and lay bear to me the hearts of those men who supported it. Whence came the hatred of the men of Iberia for Abraham’s race? But this hatred has been increased in its importance by the men who came after, those who told the tale; for the sons of Canaan were not the only men to incur the rage of the red-clad Spaniards: those of the race of Charlemagne who ventured past their borders were slain too. What, o muse, was the cause of this strife and hatred?
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I will be spending all of next year in New York. Seriously, classes are not important when confronted with next season.

My count is eleven that I want to see, at least four that I will die if I do not see.

(The eleven, if anyone wants to know, are Trovatore, Sonnambula, Damnation de Faust, Rondine [for some reason], Rusalka, Orfeo [if Stephanie Blythe actually sings Orfeo - otherwise, it has Danielle de Niese in it and who cares], Don Giovanni, Queen of Spades[Pikovaya Dama, if you know Russian], Cenerentola, Elisir d'amore, and Manon. Maybe Adriana Lecouvreur, but I don't like it all that much.)

Zimmerman describes her “play within a play” construct for La Sonnambula: “Nowhere in the world is reality rendered so tenuous, so provisional—so much like a dream—as in a rehearsal room where a company of singers, like dreamers in their sleep, move through an invisible world as though it were real. Our production will be staged in a rehearsal hall, during a rehearsal for a traditional production of La Sonnambula, where the opera gradually asserts its authority over all the players, the room, and time itself.”

This seems like the worst idea ever and I can see why Dessay has said that she will never work with Zimmerman ever again.

PS this is from our official confirmation.
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It snowed this morning. As I left The Medieval World, on the way to Russian, I realized that the rain wasn't just rain - there were some frozen drops mixed in. Now, I was greatly displeased by such an event, for it was already cold and nasty enough, and I don't approve of winter. Some of the people in my Russian class, being southern and unaccustomed to snow, were actually excited. They'll grow out of it. So, by the middle of Russian, the little frozen pellets had become beautiful swirling falls of snowflakes. And then, by the end of the class, it had stopped. But still, snow! In November! It's not supposed to do that until January.

In celebration of the upcoming accusative, a classmate and I made cookies for tomorrow's Russian class. Our excitement for actually being able to form interesting sentences overwhelmed us, and carried us into the kitchen. While we baked, we had a very awkward conversation in Russian - awkward, because our vocabulary is very limited.

And now I'm writing a paper on the First Crusade. Five pages, for Wednesday - I might have a thesis now, and my goal is two pages tonight.
ETA It may be 3:05, but I got my two goddamned pages done.
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I just bought my ticket to the Dessay/Florez Fille du Régiment, for May 8. Whee!

**And Lucia di Lammermoor! This season will be great!


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