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I have not fallen into a volcano. I have not been kidnapped by anteaters

I am still here in Brooklyn. I just have not been able to get near the desktop. Mike has been playing Fallout, (It is the last week of his summer off, and he is having so much fun with it that I try not to complain.) And Alexander has been doing some complex programming project that seems to involve cursing and staying up for 30 hours at a time. When I say 'I would like to write now guys, and this is where I usually do it,' My voice feels very small.

But I am working on some things. Slowly. Things will be more empty and quiet come September. I just have to be patient.

Tonight I was in the kitchen making nighttime pancakes. I had my headphones on and I was listening again to Dr Faustus.I was doing kitchen stuff and just letting the words slosh. And then I was remembering how we 'did' Shakespeare in high school. The teacher kicked us through Julius Ceaser in my freshman year. Most of the kids were not that into it. I think they thought the stabbiness would appeal to boys or something. I liked it very much. The teacher kept me after, on her own time, to do some more WS with me. But she ran out of time after a while and had to stop.

I think kids that age would love Faustus. I mean the plot is so simple that it feels like Bugs Bunny. And i think the stabbity factor is there too. That just leaves the words. They are not so hard, not if you watch them performed. And Faustus has a sort of self-centered grabbiness that reminds me of teenagers too. He is supposed to be a grownup, but he sure does not act like it!

But they don't teach it. I have a theory about that.   I think sometimes the things that are the most raw and clear in the early modern guys are just too embarrassing to share with a room full of teenagers! Better to pretend that something else was being talked about. Better to skip the whole thing, actually. That way nobody has to think about their parents or teachers knowing what those sex-words mean! Or teenagers knowing, going in the other direction!

Maybe some nice safe Keats....

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wellinghall
Aug. 14th, 2015 07:50 am (UTC)
Hello! It's good to hear from you again.

*waves*
eglantine_br
Aug. 14th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
Hi. Waves back.
ba1126
Aug. 14th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Glad you could get a word in!! This is about the time of year I'd start praying for school to open, so I could have my "peace and quiet" back!! (I raised 7 kids!)

Now it's just me,Hubby and oldest son and we each have our own laptop plus two older desktops.

My Dad used to say "Every generation thinks THEY are the ones who 'invented' sex!"
eglantine_br
Aug. 14th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
My mom said that too. She was always direct with me about stuff, (and we had had farm animals too. I can remember going into out chest freezer in the cellar and having to push aside thermos's of frozen goat sperm to get to the donuts!)

But all the same-- parents eww!
anteros_lmc
Aug. 15th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
I have not fallen into a volcano. I have not been kidnapped by anteaters
Have you taken up your Spanish lessons again?! ;)

Alexander has been doing some complex programming project that seems to involve cursing and staying up for 30 hours at a time
I had an ex who was a programmer and that is exactly what his job entailed 90% of the time. When they had a code release they would work insane hours until it was done and then go out and get hammered.

I think you are right about Faustus. A much better option for teenagers than Julius Caesar. I loved classical history but even I found Julius Caesar dull the way it was taught.
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