marking: describe your tattoos,or tattoos you would like in the future?
i don’t have any tattoos currently. i find tattoos really hot but i don’t really ever see myself getting one? mainly because of fear of pain/indecision/getting embarrassed over past decisions etc. in theory if i ever got one i think i’d choose something cryptic- notation from a piece of music i love, or longitude/latitude numbers from a fave place maybe.
stories: books you remember from your childhood?
jacqueline wilson, who was my childhood fave, naughtiest girl in the school series, horowitz’s horror, robert swindells- abomination (i remember being really disturbed?), hp, lemony snicket, polly and the wolf, le petit prince, horrid henry, eragon, lots of chinese folk tales and fables, stories from the ballet, phillip pullman, babysitters club, malorie blackman, goosebumps, jean ure, roald dahl, i remember reading jane eyre when i was quite young? (i’m still not a fan lol), other abridged children versions of ~classics~, john marsden, particularly ‘so much to tell you’ and ‘letters from the inside’, sweet valley high, the mr/little miss books! there’s more but they’re the main ones i can think of atm!
reverie: think of somewhere otherworldly you wish to be within, what is it like there?
hmmm, a world where everything is in miniature, and i stayed the same (just for a day!)- for reflection, vision and perspective.
alternatively somewhere blissful, warm and with lots of sunlight, clear waters, interesting topography, somewhere where the skies turn pink.
offering: how do you show others you are fond of them?
compliments, i tend to reveal all my cheesiness/feelings through written communication, gift giving, irl i tend to cook/bake for people i’m fond of. at the same time, ironically, i struggle a lot with expressing emotion haha. out of anxiety i skirt around my emotions a lot. i am also AWFUL at verbally expressing affection so often i don’t really manage to show others i’m fond of them as i initially wished to.
Senior English major on a Shakespeare final. (via minininny)
WELL THEY’RE NOT WRONG
How about this, though?
[Editorial Note: This “theory” depends on believing the Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet take place contemporaneously. So, for the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the events of both plays occur in the Spring of 1517 (chosen because of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, and the Reformational threads that run through Hamlet).]
See, in the Second Quarto and First Folio versions of Romeo and Juliet, a[n extremely minor] character appears with Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio at the Capulet’s Party (where, if you recall, Romeo meets Juliet for the first time).
Like Hamlet's Horatio, this Horatio is full of well-worded philosophical advice. He tells Romeo “And to sink in it should you burden love, too great oppression for a tender thing.”
Fig. 1 - Second Quarto Printing
Fig. 2 - First Folio Printing
[The American Shakespeare Center’s Education Blog discusses the likely “real” reasons for Horatio’s presence]
Let’s imagine that Horatio has travelled down from Wittenberg (about 540 miles) to Verona for his Spring Break. He hears about some guys who like to party (because, let’s be honest, besides getting stabbed, partying is Mercutio’s main thing). So, he ends up crashing the Capulet’s ball with them.
He is then on the sidelines as Romeo and Juliet fall in love, Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo gets banished, and both lovers are found dead in Juliet’s tomb.
This tragedy fresh in his mind, he returns to Wittenberg at the end of what has turned out to be a decidedly un-radical Spring Break and discovers that his bestie Prince Hamlet is leaving for Elsinore Castle because he’s just gotten news that his father, the King, is dead.
On the trip up (another ~375 miles), Horatio recounts the tragic romance he just witnessed in Verona. He advises (as he is wont to do) Hamlet not to mix love and revenge.
Hamlet takes Horatio’s advice to heart, breaking up with Ophelia so that he can focus is energy on discovering and punishing his father’s killer:
Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner
transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the
force of honesty can translate beauty into his
likeness: this was sometime a paradox, but now the
time gives it proof. I did love you once.
Ophelia - burdened by the perceived loss of Hamlet’s love and his murder of her father - goes mad and drowns herself.
You see, if Romeo had waited literally a minute and thirty seconds longer (31 iambic pentametrical lines) - he, Juliet, Ophelia (and possibly the rest of the Hamlet characters) would have made it.
* With thanks to roguebelle.
Buncha fuckin nerds in this town.
The Hamratiophelia Conspiracy Theory ftw
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Gisele, Kate, Lauren, Iman and Naomi by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue November 1999
Vogue’s millennium cover featured models, explained Anna Wintour, “for the simple reason that they have personified this magazine for more than a century.”
Photograph by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine September 2014.