It is that time of year again for a blind date with Shakespeare! In class we discuss Twelfth Night and its adaptions, and on their own my students are working on analyzing their own set of adaptions.
This year I wrapped the books and only put the plays they were adapted from on the spines. The students chose based solely on this information. After break I am going to let them know the extent of their project, but the nitty gritty is that they are going to read a detailed summary of the play and write on paper on how they feel the novel did adapting the story for a modern audience.
Here is the list of novels I use:
Fool – Christopher Moore (King Lear)
Wondrous Strange – Lesley Livingston (A Midsummer Night’s dream)
Something Rotten – Alan Gratz (Hamlet)
Something Wicked – Alan Gratz (Macbeth)
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty – Gehrman (MuchAdo About Nothing)
The Third Witch – Rebecca Reisert (Macbeth)
Ophelia – Lisa Klien (Hamlet)
Lady Macbeth – Susan Fraser King (Macbeth)
Gertrude and Claudius – John Updike (Hamlet)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski (Hamlet)
Saving Juliet – Suzanne Selfors (Romeo and Juliet)
A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley (King Lear)
Falling for Hamlet – Michelle ray (Hamlet)
Exposure – Mal Peet (Othello)
Enter three Witches – Caroline Cooley (Macbeth)
Can anyone think of other Shakespeare adaptions out there that are appropriate for the high school crowd?
The Mountain Goats - Alpha Chum Gatherer
Live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.
Rise up real early shaking
try and steady my hand
Make my way down to the water
Sail a half a mile from land
See where the sharks have been feeding
out on the ocean alone
and I scrutinize the carnage
like it was the goddamn Rosetta Stone
When I crack
that secret code
It’s sure to lighten my load
Won’t you come out sailing with me
Into the warmth of the afternoon
Scoop up the guts and brains
Drizzle them into a plastic bag
Watch them drop onto the deck
Feel the day drag
And when I get back to the car
it’s like a furnace inside
I head on down the highway
throttle open wide
Back home in the high heat
I spill out all my presents for you
There’s blood all over the floor now
What are we going to do
Won’t you come out sailing with me
Into the warmth
warmth of the afternoon
So I was browsing The Mountain Goats’ thread today and I was coming across a lot of Nerdfighter hate, which I thought was pretty unfair.
Everyone starts somewhere. Just because I came across the Mountain Goats five years ago instead of two days ago doesn’t make me a better person or more worthy of their music. Yes, there are way more songs than “This Year” and “Love, Love, Love”, but come on, we probably all went through that phase. I know I did.
I just find it discouraging when old fans try to turn away new fans.
So, Welcome Nerdfighters! Come join the party! There are in fact more Mountain Goats songs than the ones JD played last night, over 500 to be precise. All of them are amazing.
As far as albums go, “Tallahassee”, “Come, Come to the Sunset Tree”, and their newest one, “Transcendental Youth” are probably the most accessible to newbies. “We Shall All Be Healed” and “All Hail West Texas” are also amazing.
As far as songs to check out, in no order:
Up the Wolves
Last Man on Earth
High Hawk Season
Wizard Buys a Hat
He Swims Like a Fish
Color in Your Cheeks
Dirty Old Town
Pigs That Ran Straightaway into the Water, Triumph Of
Signal boost. :)
The Mountain Goats are a great band, and their fans are great fans, but we tend to be extremely passionate about tMG and their work and that can be a barrier to entry sometimes (just as it can be in other fan communities, including ours).
But I’m grateful for the generosity shown here, and I’d only add that other great and good-for-new-listeners songs include Jenny, The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton, and Damn These Vampires.
I’d also like to add that you should see them live and also buy their music. It really does make being alive a richer and more interesting experience.
Shit That Chief Keef Doesn’t Like
- Fuck Nigga
- Snitch Nigga
- Cold Weather
- When His Printer Doesn’t Work And An Important Assignment Is Due Tomorrow
- Fake Shoes
- The Film Old Dogs
- Stale Bread
- Bitch Nigga
- Shoegaze Music
- The Creeping Feeling He Gets At Night When He Can’t Fall Asleep That He Will Never Truly Amount To Anything And He Will Have No Legacy And He Will Fade Into Dust And Float Away Into Eternity
- Sneak Dissa
That’s the thing about ham, it demands to be eaten.
My thoughts are hams I cannot fathom into sandwiches
I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of eating ham.
‘It’s a metaphor, see: You put the ham right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to be delicious.’
“And in that moment, I swear we are ham.”
Wait. Wrong book.