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Othello
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Hestapleton
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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All I‘m saying is that if I had known about audiobooks in college, maybe I wouldn‘t have gotten a C in my Shakespeare class. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Listening and reading along really helped me engage in the play, and Shakespeare has always been really inaccessible for me. The full cast narration didn‘t hurt. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ljuliel I do that sometimes too.. read along with the audiobook. It helps with the concentration sometimes. 1w
Daisey This makes perfect sense to me. I love listening to full cast versions of plays, but sometimes it is hard to keep track of characters and stage directions. Following along in print as I listen is my favorite as well. 1w
hes7 I‘ve had that same thought! If I had known about audiobooks, I would have been an English major that actually read the books. 🤦🏼‍♀️😂 1w
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alisonrose
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Ppl sure liked to murder each other in Shakespeare‘s day, didn‘t they? This is definitely a gripping story, even as we know well ahead of time how things are gonna go. Appreciate the tiny bit of almost feminist commentary & that, while there‘s a good deal of racist shit said about Othello, he‘s presented to us as just as human & 3-dimensional as anyone else. But yeah...everyone was just killing everyone over anything! Use your words, folks! 4/5 ⭐️

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Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons, Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
But with a little act upon the blood
Burn like the minds of sulfur.

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alisonrose

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.

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alisonrose

When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended. To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
Is the next way to draw a new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mock‘ry makes.
The robbed that smiles steal something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

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This month‘s Shakespeare selection! I read Othello once as a teen and barely remember it, but I do know I was obsessed with the name Desdemona for a while after 😊🎭 #nowreading

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AshleyHoss820
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Guys. Maury, nay, Jerry Springer couldn‘t have come up with a better show! Are we really supposed to only hate Iago when Othello was carried away THAT far, THAT quickly with SO little provocation!? What fools these mortals be...

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EadieB
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Day 10 - #Jealousy #AugustABC

These are books that I have read and enjoyed that have jealousy as a theme.

Eggs Nice 👍🏼!! 3mo
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TheEllieMo
Othello | William Shakespeare
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#GreenEyes are often associated with jealousy - the green-eyed monster. And Othello is probably the best known tale of jealousy.

Image shows Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello and Ewan McGregor as Iago in 2007 Donmar production.

#JulyColdplay @Eggs

Eggs Well played👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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LiterRohde
Othello | William Shakespeare
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“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,/Is the immediate jewel of their souls:/Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;/'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands:/But he that filches from me my good name/Robs me of that which not enriches him/And makes me poor indeed.”

#QuotsyJuly19 | 4: #Gone

📷: Made with Typorama

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ssravp
Othello | William Shakespeare
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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey‘d monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

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Jazinator
Othelo | William Shakespeare
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Mehso-so

Book #23: Continuing on through my "quick reads", I decided to read another Shakespearean play, this time Othello. Again, Shakespeare is not my favorite, and this play is no exception. I feel it is mostly because I don't appreciate the language that Shakespeare uses in his plays. For me it is hard to read. I know what you'll say though, "but you...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2004/01/the-306-greatest-books-23-othello.html

#100greatestbooks

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Daisey
Othello | William Shakespeare
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I listened to the audio version with a full cast and thoroughly enjoyed this tragic play.

#audiobook #AudiobookSync

Eyelit That cast!! Sounds awesome! 6mo
Daisey @Eyelit It was! Definitely recommended. 6mo
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Christinak
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace; For since these arms of mine had seven years' pith, Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us'd Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of #broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself.
— Othello Act I, scene 3
#QuotsyMay19

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EmilieGR
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
Pickpick

Such a tragedy

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Honeybeegirl
Pickpick

I listened to this play. The audio book version was fantastic and well casted for the different characters. It will really fun and a neat play. I normally love Shakespeare but I hadn‘t read Othello yet and I‘m glad I did.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
Othello | William Shakespeare
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So, if you have access to Overdrive, the website https://www.audiobooksync.com is doing a summer audiobook program called SYNC for teens! Each week, two books are available for free download into Overdrive!

Happy listening!

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erzascarletbookgasm
Othello | William Shakespeare
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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”

#marchintothe70s #jealousguy

Oil canvas painting by Solomon Alexander Hart.

Cinfhen 🏆🤓🙌🏻💚#NailedIt 8mo
merelybookish Perfect! 8mo
gradcat Yup...very good choice for this...👍 8mo
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MLRio
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Teaching this on Friday, so I should probably re-read it 👓 #shakespeare

MrBook As you know, I love #Shakespeare! 😎🙌🏻 7mo
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DannyHattan
Othello | William Shakespeare
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So we went to see out first #shakespear adaptation at Dubai Opera and IT WAS AMAZING. Loved every minute of it!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 can‘t wait to book some more 🤗😊

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Expandingbookshelf
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Opening night!

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Rupi
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Book #3 One of the things that impress me the most is that when the right word did not already exist, Shakespeare made it up!

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nibech
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Day 13: Your favorite writer

William f****** Shakespeare!!! He's my main boo.

#williamshakespeare #Shakespeare #bookchallenge

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gradcat
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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#PennyForYourThoughts
1. Iago
2. Shave your eyebrows (who needs ‘em) 😊
3. Combatting global warming
4. Apple
5. Local election results from today‘s run-offs
6. Occurrence
7. Over
@nu-bibliophile
Thanks—this was fun!

nu-bibliophile You're very welcome and thank you for playing😀 11mo
AmyG Yes....I almost chose that for #3 11mo
Bklover 4 and 6. Yes!!! to both! 11mo
gradcat @AmyG @Bklover Hey guys...glad to find out I have something in common with you!! 😊❤️ 11mo
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Ddzmini
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Book: Othello
Author: George Orwell (1984)
Movie: One Day
Food: Orange 🍊
#manicmonday #letterO @JoScho

JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 12mo
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TheAliceEvers
Othello | William Shakespeare
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I didn‘t use to like Othello, I found it too hard to read, but now I‘m older I think it‘s one of the best! And I think Iago is one of the best villains! There is so much psychological drama! The characters are so interesting and damaged! Amazing speeches! Othello is brilliant!

gradcat And to think! Iago has inspired so many villains! 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads I find I am only now starting to appreciate Shakespeare. 12mo
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TrishB
Othello | William Shakespeare
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#NoFemmeber #jealousguy
Definitely a jealous guy here....

Centique I was thinking of Othello too... great minds think alike 🤗🤗 12mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aargh, I was thinking of this too! 12mo
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Cinfhen Clever💡💡💡💡 12mo
batsy Perfect! 12mo
TrishB @Centique @erzascarletbookgasm great minds 😁👍🏻 12mo
Billypar Oh yes...big time! Excellent choice 👏👏 12mo
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TheAliceEvers
Othello | William Shakespeare
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When you accidentally spill your water on your brand new copy of Othello and it physically hurts 😩😭💔

Caroline2 😔 12mo
Schnoebs 😭😭😭 12mo
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DivineDiana I feel your pain. 😟 12mo
rachelsbrittain Oh nooooo. This is the worst 😣 12mo
Tamra Thank goodness it‘s only water! 12mo
TrishB 😢 12mo
Jas16 Oh no! 12mo
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andrew61
Othello | William Shakespeare
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I've never taken the trouble to read a play before seeing it but this really enhanced the experience. I story of jealousy, hatred, betrayal, and race as iago (mark rylance in this production) hating his general othello lies and flatters him into the famous final encounter with desdemona. A brilliant play brought to life in a wonderful theatre.

Cathythoughts Sounds an amazing experience 💫💫 13mo
Lindy I also like to read plays before seeing them. Maximize the experience. 👍 13mo
TheAliceEvers I saw this production too!! Mark Rylance is my favourite and I thought they did a really good job! Fabulous play! 😍 12mo
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andrew61
Othello | William Shakespeare
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On the train home from our day in London where we saw this play by an up and coming playwright starring mark rylance - i love the globe it is so atmospheric and this was a brilliant performance.
I will post my review of the play separately. Not my best selfie.

LeahBergen Lucky you! 😍 13mo
saresmoore Wonderful! 13mo
Oryx Would love to see a play there. I've done the tour, which was so interesting, but next time it'll have to be a play. 13mo
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andrew61 @Oryx the standing tickets are only £5 so subject to the weather it is worth going. 13mo
Leftcoastzen So happy for you ,sounds wonderful! I dream of getting to the Globe!! 13mo
batsy Fantastic! I would love to experience the Globe someday, as well 😊 13mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 👍🏻 13mo
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youneverarrived
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Getting ready to see Othello at the globe!! Been on my bucket list to see it performed here 🧡

LeahBergen Lucky you!! 👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
thewallflower0707 Have fun! 14mo
Megabooks Awesome! 14mo
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Moray_Reads I've always wanted to see something at the Globe but I've never managed it. Enjoy! 14mo
Trashcanman Have a blast 14mo
TheKidUpstairs I saw Othello there years ago! Enjoy! 14mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Seeing a performance at The Globe Theatre 🎭 was one of my favorite things on my London trip! 14mo
vivastory Enjoy! 14mo
RealLifeReading How awesome! 14mo
Leftcoastzen That is wonderful! 14mo
squirrelbrain Have a fab time! 14mo
DaveGreen7777 One of my favorite plays ever! Hope you enjoy the performance! 😀 14mo
sprainedbrain Awesome! 14mo
Reviewsbylola Omg, so cool!! 14mo
Susannah Oh wow, the production has Mark Rylance as Iago, doesn‘t it? I‘ve heard the characterization is a bit different from what we commonly see. Please post your reaction to the show. I‘m eager to know what you thought. Have a wonderful time! (edited) 14mo
ephemeralwaltz How cool!! 13mo
Cathythoughts How exciting! And how lovely you look 💕💕 13mo
batsy Awesome! Hope it was a fab experience ❤️ 13mo
youneverarrived @Susannah sorry it‘s taken me ages to reply but yeah Mark Rylance was Iago and he was definitely the stand out. He had the audience laughing with some of his lines, I think usually Iago is played in a more serious way? But he was pretty funny at times. It was a brilliant production. 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Iago, the manipulative villain.
#deviouscharacters #readingresolutions

batsy Iago! The worst 😡 1y
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Rudis
Othello | William Shakespeare
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1) Hufflepuff!
2) Yes. And when I had teachers who would let you read anything else, even if you were caught up (or ahead of the class), I read it again. And again.
3) Othello is the first one that jumps to mind.
4) Lord of the Flies
5) Something, anything with a little sci-fi or fantasy.
#book2school @Mandigolightly

JoScho 💛🖤💛🖤 1y
Mandigolightly Sci Fi would definitely have spiced things up! 1y
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Othello | William Shakespeare
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Rudis
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Othello is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, and this dramatization was fan-freaking-tastic. The voices were marvellous at expressing everything, the sound effects worked well, and it made me fall in love with the play all over again.

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Rudis
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Pardon the messy arrows - doing this while commuting home on a bumpy bus is hard!
@RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Thanks for playing along - bumpy bus and all! 😃 1y
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readinginthedark
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Starting The Taming of the Shrew today, but I was curious if anyone else has seen The Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series? I discovered this one while reading extra info. on Othello. The focus is on the different ways the play has been acted throughout time, in scenery, actor delivery, and intention. And there‘s a CD to listen to the same scene delivered in a variety of ways by different actors. Fascinating! #ShakespeareReadalong

Blueberry Sounds interesting. 1y
LectricSheep !!!!! This sounds super useful in a teaching setting. Thank you for the heads up!! 1y
merelybookish I have not heard of these but yeah super cool. Helps to see how the cultural moment can shape how a play is staged or what gets emphasized. 1y
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Lcsmcat Cool! Thanks for sharing. 1y
readinginthedark @merelybookish It does! Some of the speeches were given emphasis to inspire war efforts. Even though the scene with Iago and Emilia about the handkerchief seems like background, it‘s been shown either playful or abusive, which completely changes the feel of those two characters! So fascinating! 1y
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MisterWhitaker
Othello (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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So much history! Paul Robeson's Othello continues to be the gold standard.

CarolynM If you haven't read it already, I recommend 10mo
MisterWhitaker @CarolynM oooh good rec! Thank you! 10mo
CarolynM 👍 10mo
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batsy
Othello | William Shakespeare
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This is my second time reading this since college & the pages just flew by with mounting dread. I feel like this is Shakespeare's domestic thriller, not just in terms of violence at home, but in terms of geopolitics, looking at the rot in so-called civilised local Venetian society vs the demonised outsiders like the Turks & the "savage" places like Cyprus. Class, hierarchy, gender, & the racialised "other" are all in tension with each other. ⬇️

batsy There's layers of complexity in this early modern play that I'm hard-pressed to find in some contemporary novels about race... There's something devastatingly universal about Othello's plight where jealousy & love are concerned, but you can also see how his position as outsider makes him even more insecure & susceptible to Iago's evil manipulations. I feel like Iago is the embodiment of nativist, patriarchal ideology that is still relevant today. 1y
batsy And once again, Shakespeare shows how gender violence & patriarchy works while giving us women who prove to be surprising & independent, if not in their lives which are so circumscribed, at least in their thoughts & actions. My second read has really shown me that this is a masterpiece, but it's rarely seen as such among his tragedies, I think. But 5 ⭐ from me :) #ShakespeareReadAlong @readinginthedark 1y
ClairesReads Absolutely one of my fave works from Shakespeare 1y
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Notafraidofwords This is my favorite of his. Iago is my favorite villain. So well crafted. 1y
batsy @ClairesReads @Notafraidofwords I had a lot of admiration for it but on this reread something clicked and it really grabbed me. I agree; well-crafted & Iago is truly something! 1y
Notafraidofwords @batsy I have to reread it. I think what I remember the most all of Othello‘s questioning of his wife. But, also now looking back—he so easily believed iago. As if women so easily betray their husbands. 1y
batsy @Notafraidofwords This is a recurring theme in his plays. All of the men believe it with just a single insinuation! It's infuriating and really shows how masculinity at the time was grounded in insecurity about their "property" ? 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! 👏 Makes me want to read it! 😊 1y
youneverarrived Great review 👍 1y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you; look forward to seeing what you think if you read it :) 1y
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! 😘 1y
TrishB Lovely review 👍🏻 1y
batsy @TrishB Thank you! :) 1y
Suet624 Oh darn it. Are you really going to entice me to read this? It seems so. 1y
batsy @Suet624 Only if you enjoy Shakespeare 😁 1y
LeahBergen Great review! I haven‘t read this since my teens. Hmm... reread? 🤔 1y
rohit-sawant Such a stunning and insightful review! 1y
Leftcoastzen Need to re-read , smart fella that Shakespeare. 1y
Reggie Wow!!! Great review!!! 1y
Qchambers Lovely review! I feel like I need to read this ASAP 1y
Centique Wonderful review S! 😍 This is my favourite Shakespeare play. It feels like Iago is the archetype for so many villains in future literature. He‘s so brilliantly done and Othello and Desdemona too. I read it so long ago, I hadn‘t considered then just how complex that portrayal of racism/patriarchy was - you‘re so right! 1y
readinginthedark Wow, way to summarize what really stands out about Othello! 1y
batsy @Leftcoastzen That he is! Each play is its own universe. 1y
batsy @Centique Thank you, P! 😘 I was quite surprised by how rich this play was in that regard. It's really something. Iago made me *so* mad but I was impressed by his audacity, I have to admit! 1y
Ms_T Such a great review! #Stacked 1y
batsy @Ms_T Thank you! 😊 1y
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ScientistSam
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Went to this absolutely incredible performance of Othello at Shakespeare in the Park last night. It rained so hard, they had to stop twice for the actors to take shelter and for the crew to clear the stage of water, but it was so worth it!!!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great despite the rain! 1y
ScientistSam @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it was! One of if not the best performance I've seen there over the past four years or so! 1y
DivineDiana So happy for you! What a fantastic experience! 1y
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batsy
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Unbearably hot, sticky Sunday afternoon... Beer, Shakespeare, then maybe a short nap 😁

(Just a month late to the #ShakespeareReadAlong)

Sophoclessweetheart What a gorgeous edition 😍🙊 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I feel lethargic this afternoon 😕. Cold beer sounds good! Enjoy! 1y
batsy @Sorceryandswords Thank you :) The Pelican editions have different background colours for the tragedies, histories, comedies; they're all lovely 😍 1y
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! :) I know right, I feel the same... I plan to do as little as humanly possible today 😂 1y
BiblioLitten What a beautiful edition. 💜 A perfect way to spend a hot afternoon. Drink. Read. Nap. Repeat 1y
Cathythoughts Hey ! Are you on the beer too ?! Cheers @batsy 🍻 1y
Ms_T Sounds like a great plan 😄 1y
Kalalalatja Sounds like a plan! We are going to have a really hot day in Denmark too, 30 degrees, which is not normal 😅😅 1y
Tanisha_A If this makes y'all feel better - it's 43 °C the place I am at. 😶 Thankful to being lucky to have a cool house. And, that sounds like a perfect afternoon. Enjoy @batsy! 😀 1y
TrishB A great plan 👍🏻 1y
batsy @Ms_T @BiblioLitten @TrishB It has turned out to be a good plan indeed 😁 1y
batsy @Cathythoughts Cheers! 🍻 1y
batsy @Kalalalatja Oof! That's hot! When is it usually the hottest time of summer in Denmark? August? 1y
batsy @Tanisha_A Oohh my :( My sympathies. Is this hot spell meant to drag out for awhile? 1y
rohit-sawant Terrific plan! 🍻 1y
batsy @rohit-sawant 🍻😊 1y
Kalalalatja @batsy yes, end of July and August, but we still feel lucky if we get around 25 degrees. We have had insane weather the last month, warmer than Southern Europe! 😮 1y
Tove_Reads I just had a beer as well, because can you really have a bbq without beer? I think it‘s a universal law or something... 😜 1y
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous cover!!! I love Othello and that beer which I recently tried! 👏👏👏 1y
batsy @Kalalalatja Gosh. The climate around the world is undergoing some serious shifts 😕 1y
batsy @Tove_Reads Oh yes, it is! Perfect combo, always. 1y
batsy @ephemeralwaltz Thank you, and I'm fond of that beer as well 😊 1y
ReadingEnvy After trying to be out and about on our hot sticky Saturday this is how I will spend my Sunday too. 1y
batsy @ReadingEnvy The best plan 👍🏽 1y
readordierachel Sounds like a lovely Sunday! (Except for the hot sticky part) 1y
Tanisha_A @batsy The rains should have arrived by now! But nature has her own mood, considering what we have done to her. 😶 1y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel It was ☺️ 1y
batsy @Tanisha_A Yes, so true. So much devastation. 1y
saresmoore Hot, sticky climates are good for three things: reading indoors, chilled alcohol, and siestas. I believe you‘ve achieved the trifecta! 1y
batsy @saresmoore Indeed, my friend! That's what got climates were made for 😁 1y
batsy @saresmoore Hot climates, even 😳 1y
saresmoore Ha! TFW...you catch a Litsy typo. 😳😱I‘ve edited so many posts and comments, even if I know no one will ever see them corrected. #peaceofmind 1y
saresmoore P.S. I‘m pretty sure my brain had autocorrected that one. 1y
batsy @saresmoore The edit option for comments isn't available on Android phones 😭 1y
saresmoore WHAT. That‘s just blatant phonism! 1y
batsy @saresmoore Right? Solidarity with the underphones📱 1y
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readinginthedark
Othello | William Shakespeare
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I found these on Hoopla today! The top one was Episode Fifteen or something in the series, and I would not recommend it. The lecturer basically summarizes Othello in his own words for the whole thirty minutes. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The bottom one was about Shakespeare in general rather than a specific play (for Episode One). It was interesting! I‘ll probably keep listening to that series. #greatcourses #ShakespeareReadalong #oncealitstudentalwaysalitstudent

therealdealbeall This seems cool! I've been interested in the Great Courses, but the prices have been a bit of a deterrent. What's Hoopla? The only Hoopla I know of is the arts and culture section of a local paper, and I'm pretty sure that's not what you're talking about. 😆 1y
emtobiasz There‘s also one on Hoopla about classic mystery stories; I‘ve enjoyed the first few of that. @therealdealbeall Hoopla is a digital book/music/movie borrowing service that some libraries subscribe to for their patrons. Check with your local public library! 1y
KatieanneF @therealdealbeall they have the longer courses available on audible for 1 credit. The shorter courses are a lot less expensive- some are less than a dollar. I‘ve listened to a few and I think they‘re great! 1y
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therealdealbeall Thanks @emtobiasz and @KatieanneF ! I'll have to see if my library has Hoopla, and I'll check out audible for some of the courses. :) 1y
readinginthedark @therealdealbeall Sorry, I just saw your comment! Thanks @KatieanneF and @emtobiasz for pickin‘ up my slack! All I have to add is that if you‘re paying for them, make sure you listen to a sample first. There are a few of these professors I can‘t listen to for any length of time. 1y
therealdealbeall @readinginthedark No problem! Thanks for the tip :) 1y
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cocomass
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This was so intense, dramatic, and frustrating. Yet, it‘s my favorite Shakespeare tragedy so far. The villain was so villainous, the grief so total. Also I both rooted for and felt invested in Othello, Desdemona, and Cassio throughout. Looking forward to switching back to a comedy 😊

#ShakespeareReadalong

readinginthedark Interesting that it‘s your favorite! But you‘re right...Iago is the ultimate villain! 1y
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swishandflick
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Just a few days until the start of one of my all-time favorite NYC Summer traditions - Shakespeare in the Park! This year's productions are Othello and Twelfth Night and I can't wait 🎭

batsy Oooh, fun 💫 1y
readinginthedark I love Shakespeare in the Park! It‘s a big deal here in St. Louis as well. 1y
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JennAndrew
Othello | William Shakespeare
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@readinginthedark #ShakespeareReadalong

At the start of this play, I was right behind Othello and I was really rooting for him & for Desdemona and for their marriage. I wanted them to succeed in the face of adversity on many fronts. I knew Shakespeare tragedies end with many deaths, but I kept hope for a couple of Acts. Soon, I wanted pretty much all the men dead. The ending didn‘t give me what I wanted... (Image: cover Bookbyte Digital)

JennAndrew That said, I‘m still going with pick because Shakespeare promised a tragedy and he delivered. Plus, I expected them all to die and they didn‘t, which was kind of satisfying in a completely unsatisfactory, yet I appreciate it not being obvious kind of way. And, as ever, the language is beautiful. I‘m just so pissed that Othello allowed himself to be so manipulated and caused two innocent women to die. I want Iago dead! 1y
JennAndrew The language that wasn‘t totally racist of course. Some of it was very uncomfortable and unpleasant. I would be interested to know what was Shakespeare‘s own POV. Was he racist himself or was he ‘Woke AF‘ and writing a commentary on racism? 🤔 (edited) 1y
readinginthedark Yeah, it‘s hard to tell when Shakespeare‘s writing from a satirical standpoint or if he actually believed some of the things in his plays. Too bad he didn‘t leave journals or anything personal. 1y
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Othello | William Shakespeare
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And then there was...one? 😆 I almost got my wish. How did everyone feel about the final act? Emilia‘s pain—both physical and emotional—almost broke my heart in this one. Even after the stolen handkerchief, she was the most blameless one save Desdemona. Othello is not my favorite work by Shakespeare, but I definitely enjoyed it more by discussing it with all of you! There are a lot of hidden cultural and historical gems here.
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JennAndrew @readinginthedark I was disappointed. I was hoping Iago would get some serious comeuppance. I know there was talk of torture, but I was annoyed that he made it out alive. And I wasn‘t surprised Desdemona died, but I was furious with Othello for her murder. I totally agree about Emilia. I liked her a lot and was heartbroken with her. I just wish she‘d taken her husband out with her! 1y
JennAndrew Do I need to use the spoiler tag? I know not everyone is up to date, but not sure if I need to cover? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
GingerAntics There are definitely some horrible racial things in this play. I read an article in the NYT that said racism didn‘t start until about 150 years after Shakespeare, but that is clearly not even remotely true. Apparently the author never read Othello. 1y
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GingerAntics @JennAndrew see, now that would have been a better ending. Desdemona should have taken Othello with her. Othello definitely turns bad in the end, and he deserved to be taken down by his wife who was loyal to him (to a fault). 1y
TheBookHippie @JennAndrew @readinginthedark I WANTED THEM ALL DEAD 🤣🤦🏽‍♀️well not Emilia. This was different than I thought or remembered from 33 years ago High School English 🙄. Although considering so many current day craziness -the amount of evil doesn't shock me like I think it should!! So much plotting for evils sake- lago was just evil, wicked. A lot of good discussion with this one!! Who did Shakespeare know like that 😳 is my question!! Is it him! 1y
CoffeeNBooks My main thought about this act was that what started as Iago's jealousy and doing these things to get the promotion, was all for naught- he ended up destroying everyone and everything. Othello is dead and can no longer promote him, his wife is dead, everyone knows what he's done, and Cassio is in charge of everything. Avarice, a common theme in Shakespeare's works, is a main theme here as well. 1y
JennAndrew @TheBookHippie @GingerAntics yes, I think the husbands deserved to die, infinitely more than their wives at least! And, my notes (Arden Shakespeare) point out a lot of the language used towards Othello (filthy, comparing to dirt, etc.) is racist so I too find it hard to believe NYT got that right 🤨. There‘s clearly prejudice against him from the start. 1y
GingerAntics @JennAndrew @TheBookHippie yeah, I‘ve read literature scholarship that discusses the racism and “us vs them” 1y
GingerAntics Sure, now my send button works on the first go. 1y
GingerAntics @JennAndrew @TheBookHippie the racism and “us vs them” mentality that is everywhere in this play, and was a big part of the Christian West at the time. There is no way it didn‘t exist before the 1750s. Clearly the philosophy professor that wrote for the NYT got it wrong. No idea where his ideas are coming from. 1y
Erin7 I loved the final scene of this play. I know it was sad but it was the most engaging scene of the entire play for me. How Emilia stood up against her husband was no small thing for that time. And she did it anyway because she didn‘t want the death of her friend to be lost in lies. It‘s amazing all the horrible things that can stem from one snake in the grass like Iago. (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat @GingerAntics @jennandrew But then Desdemona wouldn‘t be innocent. She‘d have dropped to his level. 1y
Lcsmcat @JennAndrew Exactly. Plus the racism of Shakespeare (and his era) that attributes a hot temper to people from hot climates (i.e. people of color.) 1y
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat true, she was the bigger person. Good point. 1y
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat @JennAndrew actually, that is just one of about four versions of racism (race theory) from that time period. I‘ve been working on a paper about this very subject since early 2016, so I know way more than I ever really wanted to. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lcsmcat Yes I caught that one too, some of Othello‘s “boiling” temp, and through an innuendo could suddenly be turned into a “beast” and murder his wife. It‘s telling to me, that out of all his plays, this is the interracial couple, almost like he decided in order for this story to be believable, for a husband to go that crazy with jealousy, well obviously I‘ll have to cast him as a “savage foreigner”....that‘s the only way the story would work. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa .... If he thought the story would fly with anyone, then this wouldn‘t be the only one with a predominant interracial couple, it was a purposeful choice that he thought he needed specifically for this play to work. And for me that read as black = more base, more violent, more easily led astray, more warlike, etc ....ie racist @GingerAntics (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat @Erin7 Emilia is wonderful. I didn‘t remember her from my high school reading of Othello. 1y
JennAndrew @Lcsmcat @GingerAntics That is true, but I think I‘d rather lose my innocence and survive. I feel like innocence is this treasured virtue in women in this kind of fiction, but it makes them vulnerable and fragile. I think I‘d rather see her value shown through her tenacity and guts. I wanted her to fight for herself more than she did. As @Erin7 says, Emilia fought I admired that so much. Still ended up dead, but she had my heart at the end. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JennAndrew It‘s great reeding these (or rereading them) as adults. It makes you appreciate the feisty Emilia so much more. How when things came down, stood up to her husband and lord, and literally spoke truth to power. She‘s the hero in this one, if only she‘d figured it out a bit sooner, or the plot had moved a tad slower, she‘d have made a difference. 1y
Lcsmcat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don‘t disagree with you on why the couple is interracial, but that wasn‘t Shakespeare‘s invention. Like most of his plays, Othello is based on an already extant story, in this case Gli Hectatommithi, published in Italy in the 16th century. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lcsmcat I didn‘t realize that. But still back to @GingerAntics comment about the NYT piece, racism definitely existed in Shakespeare‘s time and before.... now to the 16th century. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Just on a side note, I started The Count of Monte Cristo after finishing this one..... I think the schemer in this one was based off Iago, except he‘s even craftier at getting others to do his dirty work🙄 (He‘s also ruining a person‘s happiness for jealousy and a promotion, mind you.) (edited) 1y
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that‘s a good connection. I hadn‘t thought about that, but I think you‘re right. The Count if Monte Cristo definitely has parallels. I hadn‘t thought of Iago as an inspiration, but that makes a lot of sense. 1y
GingerAntics @JennAndrew @Lcsmcat I would almost say that innocence is still treasured in women in some places, even in regions of the United States (but that‘s a whole other can of worms). You make a good point. She should have taken him with her. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GingerAntics I‘m actually reading that with @TheNextBook paired with The Black Count. The Count of Monte Cristo is somewhat based on Dumas‘s real life father...who (talk about odd parallels) was the highest ranking man of African descent in the European Army. Weird book coincidence, right! I‘ll be interested as I get further in the non-fiction part of the story how much is connected with his father‘s life story 1y
GingerAntics @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hm I didn‘t know that. That‘s interesting. 1y
readinginthedark @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think it would have been hard for Shakespeare to have a lot of plays with mixed couples. For one thing, he was usually writing for specific actors who would have been all or mostly white. Also, most of his characters are well-off or soldiers, which wouldn‘t have been a common congruency with interracial couples at the time. 😕 1y
readinginthedark @JennAndrew @GingerAntics @TheBookHippie @Erin7 @Lcsmcat Racism definitely existed! Maybe the author of that article just meant it didn‘t exist in the same way? I mean, racism has always been different in the U.S. than in other places, just because of the nature of the country. But I‘m sure before the slave trade picked up with such vigor it was different everywhere. I was hoping maybe Iago would die accidentally somehow while attacking Emilia. 1y
readinginthedark @CoffeeNBooks You‘re right! Iago took it too far when he brought Emilia into it and tried to kill Cassio. He ruined his own plan. I think once he got started, he just became obsessed with his own plans and let them carry him away. So evil. 1y
Gezemice @GingerAntics @JennAndrew @Lcsmcat @readinginthedark @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I disagree about the racism. I mean, there was obviously racism in the play, but I do not believe this play was about race at all. To me it was always about human frailty, jealousy, most of all, how accusations, the loss of trust can destroy love and people. To me it is timeless, and it is about a relationship gone bad. (cont.) 1y
Gezemice I also believe this play is very enlightened by the very fact that it casts a black person as an honorable, highly esteemed person, the lord in his house, and as part of an interracial couple. Everyone calls Othello ‘my lord‘, everyone esteems him, and the people who call him names are those who have a personal grudge against him - the kind of people who would call a woman a whore for refusing them. Which means that race can be used as an insult⬇️ 1y
Lcsmcat @Gezemice I don‘t believe the play is _about_ racism either. Just that it has examples of racism in it, because racism existed (and exists.) Shakespeare is always about being human. 1y
Gezemice but that it is only used by mean people. And an interracial couple would not have flown in an era with severe racism at all. I have recently read the Merchant of Venice - if you want to see what racism was like in Shakespeare‘s era, look at the Jews. That was visceral hatred. Othello, in my mind, is simply different, and insulted as an outsider, but not as someone inferior, like the Jews were at the time. 1y
Gezemice @Lcsmcat That‘s a good way of putting it. I would argue though that with our 21st century minds we might see things in there that were not intended. Of course that is our privilege - Shakespeare‘s beauty is his timelesness, the expression of universal humanity. 1y
merelybookish I read this play back in college, so 20 years+. I remembered that Iago was the worst and that Othello killed Desdemona, although for some reason I thought that happened in the first act. 🤷 Re-read it, Iago is still the worst but I was struck my Emilia like @erin7 and @Lcsmcat and her bravery. I also, prompted by some comments @readinginthedark am struck by how war and state show up in the bedroom. There is no separate, unaffected private life. 1y
Gezemice @Lcsmcat In Europe hot temper is attributed to hot climates - Italians and Spaniards. 1y
Gezemice @Erin7 @jennandrew @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Feisty women are common in Shakespeare‘s plays. The Merchant of Venice is full of serious you-go-girl moments. 1y
readinginthedark @Gezemice Those are good points. Racism played a part in the play, but it wasn‘t as big a part as I expected. I‘m really excited for when we read The Merchant of Venice! 1y
readinginthedark @merelybookish I had never read it before but knew the gist. There were some surprises in there! 1y
GingerAntics @Gezemice An article I read for my history paper actually says the same thing. It‘s ahead of its time by casting a Moore as the hero of the play, and having all the characters (apart from Iago) respect him. The fact that that stands out is race related, though. Race isn‘t all the play is about, but it‘s certainly a factor. 1y
GingerAntics @Readinginthedark my paper is about David Hume (and his particular brand of racism) and this author claimed that racism didn‘t exist before David Hume and Kant. He calls the period before them “pre-racial.” He actually is trying to figure out why modern society has run with Hume and Kane‘s racism, instead of going with the “pre-racial” mindset. Even his proof that racism didn‘t exist is racist, so his argument is bunk. 1y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics Yeah, strange. Sounds like you‘re doing good research though, if you found an article like that! 1y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark thanks. I‘m getting sick of the subject though. I always like to show the good of humanity through hostility (like racism), so I‘m getting bored with some of the scholarship. My goal is to be done with this bloody paper by the end of the year. 1y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics I hear that! Scholarly research can really bog you down. 1y
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InLibrisVeritas
Othello | William Shakespeare
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I have long maintained that Shakespeare was the original trash tv, and he has yet to prove me wrong. This one was equal parts frustrating and amusing for me, and I can see why it's so many people's favorite play.

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TheAnitaAlvarez Iago is my favorite Shakespearean villain ever. His speeches are great. And yes, Shakespeare was Elizabethan trash-tv, he wasn‘t highbrow art back then, theatre was very popular (and rather cheap), so he wrote to make money out of the public 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
InLibrisVeritas @TheAnitaAlvarez Yes! He is amazing at petty drama 😂 1y
TheAnitaAlvarez @InLibrisVeritas have you read Titus Andronicus? It‘s so over the top violent that critics have argued it must be a comedy 😂 1y
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InLibrisVeritas @TheAnitaAlvarez I haven't but it is on my list! 1y
DeleteAcct Lol, love the pic. 1y
readinginthedark @TheAnitaAlvarez @InLibrisVeritas I would go more with cult slasher on Titus, but that play is insane! We‘ll have to read it soon. 1y
JennAndrew @InLibrisVeritas @readinginthedark I love this reading of Shakespeare‘s work 😂. It‘s totally true! Titus Andronicus is kind of a favourite of mine- the Anthony Hopkins adaptation is brilliant- but it‘s hard to take it seriously. Some terrible things happen to Lavinia, but the revenge is absurd! 😂 1y
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All caught up with the #ShakespeareReadAlong and a pervading thought after Act 4 is...here‘s a damn handkerchief, Othello. I‘d like to tell you where to put it. 😒

I have to say, I‘ve been riveted reading this play once I sat down and have been able to dive in. Great choice for this month‘s group read.

GingerAntics ROTFL this is the most creative post on this play. I‘ve got some ideas on where he can put it, too. I‘m betting at least some of them are the same. lol Too bad the play doesn‘t end that way. 1y
CrowCAH Beautiful cover! 1y
readinginthedark 😂 Yep, still hoping they all die! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 😂We definitely can put our creative minds together on this! 1y
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark Me too... me too! 1y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I think it needs an alternate ending where they all kill each other. Almost like the Shakespearean version of create your own adventure. lol 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Yessss... in my choose your own adventure, it would be Hunger Game style with kitchen cutlery. 😂 1y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This love the detail of the kitchen cutlery!!! It‘s all about the detail. Good thinking. 1y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I love this so much. We should make the next Othello adaptation, just like this! 😆❤️ 1y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This who can we contact to make this thing happen?! 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark 🤔I feel like with the current programming climate on Food Network... they will be all over the rights to Othello: Hunger Games Ginsu Knives vs. Whisks 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Or we make it Survivor like and add special weapons like electric mixers 😂 1y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I agree with this!!! Also, very excited to find someone else who knows what a Ginsu knife is. lol 1y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This I‘m thinking we call Alton Brown, Gordon Ramsay, or Mary Berry, depending on the vibe we want! 😆 (edited) 1y
GingerAntics Oh I see Gordon Ramsay being a total badass narrator. Can you imagine? 1y
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BookishBelle
Othello | William Shakespeare
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Y‘all. I finished this yesterday for #ShakespeareReadAlong and I have struggled with how to rate it. I hated this play. It irritated the hell out of me but... it‘s Shakespeare. How can you pan a Shakespeare play? It has stood the test of time. Everyone‘s like, “Ooh! Shakespeare! He‘s the best thing since before sliced bread!” So, I went with a so-so. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Spoilery comment below. #UnpopularOpinion

BookishBelle Oh my gosh Desdemona!!! Why did you not run screaming when Othello TOLD YOU he was going to kill you!?!?! I feel much better having gotten that out. I know it‘s a tragedy and everyone is supposed to die but my goodness! Use your brain!! 1y
InLibrisVeritas I enjoy Shakespeare, but I think he was a okay writer. Just okay. He comes up with some wildly entertaining things to watch but a lot of his plays just kind of hit middle ground for me. 1y
GingerAntics This was a middle of the road play for me as well. Some people love it, but it‘s just not for me. Get over the damn handkerchief already, dude. If that‘s all it takes for you to turn on the one person who has been loyal to you all these years, you‘ve got a problem. 1y
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BookishBelle I have never thought of it that way @InLibrisVeritas ! You‘ve given me something to thing about. 🤔 1y
BookishBelle I totally agree @GingerAntics !! Seems to me he‘s a little nuts! 1y
GingerAntics @BookishBelle and he‘s not the only one. There are at least a few other people in the cast that aren‘t so stable either. 1y
readinginthedark I get it. There are some Shakespeare plays I love, but this wasn‘t one of them. 1y
BookishBelle Yes, it wasn‘t for me either @readinginthedark . But I‘m glad I read it. I probably wouldn‘t have finished it without the readalong so thanks for putting it together!! 1y
readinginthedark Me neither! And you‘re welcome. 😊 1y
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