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It is Henna Day on a broiling day in Los Angeles. Today's supposed to be the hottest day of the heat wave, and the cool henna on my head is a good way to beat the heat.

I've been rereading Tam Lin for Readercon, and last night, just as I was about to get to the part where they see a production of Hamlet, I discovered TCM was about to show the 1969 Tony Richardson film of it, which I'd never seen. It's an excellent, but rather odd, version, with Nicol Williamson as Hamlet, a too-young Anthony Hopkins as Claudius (Hopkins is a year younger than Williamson!), Gordon Jackson (Mr. Hudson from Upstairs Downstairs) as Horatio, and Marianne Faithfull (!) as Ophelia. It was fun to hear Faithfull beautifully singing Ophelia's songs. It was more than a little strange to see Ophelia making out with her brother Laertes.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I keep forgetting to post about the wonderful 1974 version of King Lear I watched last weekend. With James Earl Jones as Lear, it's as terrific as one would expect, and Raul Julia gives a bravura and very sexy performance as Edmund. One reason I'd wanted to rent the DVD was because the show is packed full of actors I know primarily from soap operas, which shows how many classic soap actors came from the theater (back in the day when many soaps were shot in NYC). In the 1974 production, Douglass Watson (Another World) plays Kent, Tom Aldredge (Ryan's Hope, The Sopranos) is a marvelous Fool (though John Hurt is still my favorite Fool), and Rosalind Cash (who spent the final years of her life on General Hospital) and Ellen Holly (famous for her ground-breaking "passing" storyline on One Life To Live) are wonderful as Goneril and Regan.

One character in Lear I've never thought much about is Oswald (aside from the bit where he dies at the end of "I Am the Walrus"!), but Frederick Coffin's Oswald is hilarious and steals pretty much every scene he's in. I looked up the actor, and it turns out he too had a bit part on Ryan's Hope (as a police artist) in 1980. Naturally.

On a related note, today I learned that Brent Spiner had a bit role on Ryan's Hope in 1981--he plays a doctor who treats Kim for pneumonia. I just saw the ep, but I didn't notice it was him, drat it!
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I'd thought to go see Iron Man 2 this afternoon, but instead ended up having another Day of Decluttering and Dusting. There are now only (only!) three moderate stacks of books on my bedroom floor. (There had been five towering stacks until last weekend when Operation Declutter began.) Also I've been reading Mira Grant's FEED, which is an awesome, thinky page-turner. And I finished watching season 3 of Slings & Arrows, which sadly means I have no more S&A to watch.

The Garage Kitty is adorably napping nestled against a tire.

My kitchen rug still isn't dry after yesterday's incident with the upstairs flooding--I've hung it over my shower door, and hope it will be dry by tomorrow.

I'm waiting for the Thai food I ordered (fried rice with chicken and Chinese broccoli, and shui mai). This evening I will work on the Sekrit Project and possibly watch the 1974 King Lear I have from Netflix. And read more FEED.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, and I have a headache. But having the cold henna on my head seems to be helping somewhat.

This morning I made a marvelous brunch: scrambled eggs with kale, leeks, white cheddar and a bit of salsa. I'm taking a break from the Dark Shadows rewatch to catch up on the eps of Slings & Arrows I haven't seen (well-timed for Shakespeare's birthday).

I've recently read:

Julie Cohen--Girl From Mars
Alice Notley--Homer's Art (chapbook)
Alice Notley--Sorrento (chapbook--reread)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Yay Mercutio!

gwynnega: (Barry Ryan)
It looks like our latest massive rainstorms are done (in time for the Superbowl, for those who care--I'm not one of 'em). I just popped out to Trader Joe's (packed full of people shopping for Superbowl parties), and before I could leave for TJ's, found the Garage Kitty parked behind my back left tire, waiting to spring into meowing action. So she got tuna. She seems to be holding up despite the cold, wet weather.

I woke up this morning thinking about chapter 27 of the Jo book. That's the final chapter of the book, though I'm still in the midst of chapter 25. So today I've written about 550 words of chapter 27, plus tinkered with chapter 25. After dinner (little burgers from TJ's), there will be more work on chapter 25.

I've been watching the BBC miniseries of Portrait of a Lady, which is unaccountably like watching paint dry--but I can't stop watching, because Richard Chamberlain is marvelous as Ralph Touchett, and I love Beatrix Lehmann and Rachel Gurney. But why does it suck so badly (aside from having one or two of the more egregiously bad faux-American accents ever)? It's written by Jack Pulman of I Claudius fame! Hmph.

I've just watched a '70s TV production of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! featuring young Richard Backus and young Victor Garber! And the other night I caught part of the Leslie Howard version of Romeo and Juliet. Howard managed to make his Romeo appealing (though he was at least twenty years too old for the role) and Basil Rathbone was a fantastic Tybalt, but I was amazed by what pains they took to make John Barrymore's (ha! I just wrote John Berryman!) Mercutio appear heterosexual. Maybe I'm too used to John McEnery's very in-love-with-Romeo Mercutio from the Zeffirelli film, but I did a double take every time John Barrymore flirted with the bevy of dialogueless women who'd apparently been put there solely for that purpose.


Aug. 23rd, 2008 09:57 pm
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It's been a fun weekend so far. Last night after work I went to my first Science Fiction Poetry Association gathering. It was great to meet [ profile] dkolodji and [ profile] samhenderson, as well as W. Gregory Stewart (who hosted the event), Drew Morse, Denise Dumars, and Kendall Evans. There was Chinese food and much lively conversation. Plus we wrote a couple of exquisite corpses together and read aloud some poems.

Then today I met up with Carolyn and Dave at West Hollywood Park for an outdoor performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor (which we'd heard about because our friend Steve Moramarco was in the cast). The costumes were 1950s styled, and at one point the incidental music was the theme from Benny Hill! It was a fast-paced, uproarious production.

Now for some Dark Shadows...

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