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Subject:Density of Souls
Time:06:13 pm
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I figured since Rianna wanted to revive the bookclub we could maybe put up our thoughts on Density of Souls?
Did you like it?
What about the twist? Did you like it? Too weird?
How accurate do you think Rice's portrayal of high school is?
Was Brandon portrayed as evil to the point where there was little room for character development?

What about this book stands out for you?
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Time:12:45 pm
so are we gonna have a resurrection of book club this summer? in other words, can we please have a ressurrection of book club this summer?
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Subject:Top 100 Novels of the Last Century (Radcliffe Version)
Time:07:41 am
Hello Loyal Minions.
Haha. Just kidding.
Anyway, below is listed the top 100 novels of the 20th century.
What have you read? Would you suggest it?
Just thought this could be our space filler until bookclub gets started.
Bold books are ones I own and you are welcome to borrow.
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Time:11:21 am
Summer!

Yay for summer. Felt like it would never come.
Hope you all had a fantastic winter. Many of you graduated. Yay!
Anyway, time to get down to business at hand for the summer.
I need you to contact me if you want to be in book club this summer.
I also need you to contact me if you want to attend the Shakespeare festival with me.
You all should have my e-mail address. If not, post here.
I would also like an e-mailed copy of your schedule to make my life easier in trying to plan who can go to what play when and when we can hold meetings.
Thankee much!

The books we will be reading this summer are.... *insert drum roll*
Density of Souls by Christopher Rice. This is sort of a mystery novel with murder and such. Also about growing up gay in New Orleans. Good book. I will be ordering this by this coming saturday, if you don't notify me by then that you want one, you are on your own.

Angels and Demon by Dan Brown. Shelby will be conducting meetings on this book as she is far ahead of me in regards to the Art History aspect of everything. Yay Shelby!

Obasan by Joy Kogawa. Book by Canadian-Japanese lady about growing up in interment camps in Canada during WWII. It's a good book, I swear it. Kogawa has a very poetic manner of writing.

Those are our 3 books for the 3 summer months. I know we will probably go faster than this but in case we don't those are them.
Also, we will be meeting to read through Shakespeare's plays to farmiliarize outselves with them prior to acutally seeing them.

Lemme know what your plans are! Thanks!
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Time:01:18 am
so when am I not going to be the only one waiting for an update???
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Subject:MoV Review....feel free to post your own!
Time:07:45 pm
I took my book club to go see “William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice” last night. This movie is directed Michael Radford (who also “authored” the screenplay) and has an all star cast, including Al Pacino(as Shylock the Jew). I read numerous reviews and was excited about seeing a more complex Shylock rather than the anti-Semitic caricature that would have been portrayed in Elizabethan England.
I was thoroughly disappointed. I’ll admit that MoV is one of Shakespeare’s darker comedies but it is still a comedy. Much of the humor was surgically disected out of Shakespeare’s original script. The first couple scenes were bland without the humor that should have been present. This left us with the stereotypical boring Shakespeare that so many English students fear.
Gratiano lost any personality and was reduced to the simple role as Bassiano’s “wing man”. Portia & Nerissa are robbed of one of the most humorous scenes in the play, which is reduced to a skeleton of itself. This succeeds in making Portia look more like a stubborn elitist rather than allowing the inherent witty intelligence of the character to show through. In all fairness even Radford couldn’t suck out all of her personality and she later demonstrates some of her cleverness during a powerful courtroom scene. Old Gobo and his son Lancelot are kept as humorous relief but their characters are hardly intact. Their wit is removed and all that is left intact is their slapstick. Shakespeare writes the duo as having both and has worked in countless productions before Radford got his hands on it.
In addition to removing humor from the play Radford also succeeds in removing Shakespeare. Much of the intact dialogue has been rewritten into modern layman’s terms. While I acknowledge that the average person finds Shakespeare boring and the cinema fascinating, this could have been dealt with better by leaving the humor in rather than taking Shakespeare out. Most of Shakespeare’s plays are not original ideas. Romeo & Juliet is based on Pyrimus and Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Midsummer’s Night Dream is rich with Greek mythology. All of the Histories are obviously based on real events. A majority of what makes Shakespeare so well loved is the poetry with which he revives old stories.
Despite all that he removed from the play Radford adds quite a bit too. Shakespeare is written without stage directions, which is one aspect that makes each performance unique. Many directors play with this and add elements to the plays that are implied but can be ignored (such as the Oedipus complex that is often revisited in Hamlet). In MoV Radford has added a homoerotic (if not homosexual) aspect to the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio. In fact it almost goes as far as to suggest that Antonio’s percieved willingness to allow Shylock his pound of flesh is part Christian Guilt for having such feelings and part desperate attempt to bring Bassianio to his side one last time. I have no problems with homosexuality and can definitely see homoerotic relationships implied in other works but I was surprised when I saw it in this context. It almost seems that Bassiano is marrying Portia to get out of debt rather than any genuine interest. While this is certainly part of his reasoning he talks a little to romantically about her beauty and grace for this to be his sole intention.
In my opinion this is one of the worst cinematic representations of Shakespeare that I have seen and doesn’t do justice to the work. Radford has succeeded in taking the Shakespeare out of it and instilling his own inferior work. The movie should be re-titled as “Michael Radford’s version of William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice”.
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Subject:Excitement!
Time:08:25 am
Boulder Shakespeare Fest just posted their upcoming summer season! Huzzah!
They'll be performing:
Twelfth Night
A Winter's Tale
Othello
and
Unexpected Shaxpere.

Unexpected Shaxpere will be an Improv troup who will gather a plot for the attending audience members and contruct a play around it. It sounds interesting...

I was thinking that I would like to do some of the extras this coming year. They include *insert drumroll* Backstage tours(prior to all performances at 6PM), Talkback series (meet actors after play informally), Director's series (Talk with director before the show), Shakespeare's Garden Tour (going through the garden near the stage, discussing the "herbal lore" in Shakespeare's plays, esp. interesting who like Ophelia's speech about flowers). If we can get a group of 10 together we can do a day tour thing...
Also, for those of you 14 - 18(which I think is just about everyone but Shelby, Tara and myself) there is Camp Shakespeare, which is a 3 week program(I don't know what'll be happening with everyone's work schedule but it looks facinating...)

Also...to give Shelby and Tara a chance to catch up in the book we will be reading The Merchant of Venice this Sunday at book club. There will be a showing of a cinematic verion of MoV in Aspen on Dec. 28th as part of the Academy Screenings. I would love for all of us to go together. The cost is $10. I think I am going to pre-order tickets so let me know if you want to go.

Could everyone please:
1. Let me know what plays you'd be interested in seeing
2. Let me know which "extras" you'd be interested in participating in, certain events (Talkback and Director's series) don't happen all the time and if we want to do them we should make sure to get tickets for those specific nights.
3. Let me know if you want to see The Merchant of Venice in Aspen on the 28th of Dec.

I'll probably bring this all up in next book club meeting and we will discuss it then for those of you w/o LJs.
Thanks guys!
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Subject:Reviews?
Time:09:11 am
Hello there guys. I was just wondering if you all would be interested in posting book reviews of books we read on our own. If so post here.
If enough people are interested then maybe we could even start a community.
Thanks for the input!
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Subject:For those who loved HoL
Time:08:56 am
I found an LJ community that is a lot more in depth than our discussions. Since I know that we were divided on whether it was the best book ever or a real pain in the ass I figured I'd let those of you who obsess about it have access to other psychos like yourself (Poe reference for those that didn't catch that...).
Anyway, here is the link: http://www.livejournal.com/community/navidsonxrecord/

I promise to make an effort to get the past few months of meetings (Einstein's Dreams) posted so that our "satallite members" can join the discussion.

Hope you all had a fantastic November! Our next book should be in sometime this week!

Also, I was thinking we could all go on a 'field trip' of sorts to Denver to see a play sometime over this winter break. Anyone interested?
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Subject:Meeting: 9/8/04 II
Time:08:12 am
I was going to do this with notes in front of me but I am being compelled *evil glare at France*. This will pick up where notes from 9/8/04 left off...
...We then turned to the chapter A Question of Moral.
In this chapter Titus is having dinner with his family and Violet.
What do you notice about the interaction between Titus and his parents? Does this seem like a typical parent/child relationship to you?
I'd also like you to notice how they deal with everything from dinner. They throw out all the plates, the table, the chairs, ect. Titus lives in a world where everything is made to be disposable.
How do you think this effects Titus's appreciation for life and everything in it? Do you think this will later become a vital point in his relationship with Violet? Is love just another disposable thing in this society(remember to look at ALL the relationships, not just Titus and Violet)?
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