Monthly Archives: July 2013

What does Hamlet Do?

One of the ongoing debates regarding Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet is, as many critics contend, Hamlet is “unable to make up his mind.”  In the mind of critics such as Coleridge and Goethe, Hamlet is a thinker, and … Continue reading

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And now for something exceptionally beautiful

This is Anna Netrebko (apparently nicknamed La Bellisima by her fans) singing Quando m’en vo soletta from Puccini’s La Boheme. You’re welcome.

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Hamlet the Prince: Thoughts on the Royal Baby, the Lion King, and Hamlet

Ok, the royal baby has had his first photo op before his name.  Royals have different priorities than us mere mortals, I suppose.  Anyway, I wanted to talk about the royal baby (as well as the Lion King) and the … Continue reading

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Lion King: Circle of Life

Since HRH the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son today, it seems appropriate to post the opening to The Lion King. Here’s hoping Harry proves a better uncle than Scar.  He can’t do any worse.  (Seriously, how … Continue reading

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Hamlet the God: Bloom’s Poem Unlimited

I read Harold Bloom’s Hamlet: Poem Unlimited this weekend.  I was a little disappointed.  The problem with Harold Bloom’s book on Hamlet is that he is simply too enthralled with Hamlet’s character.  Indeed, he suggests that worship is the correct … Continue reading

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Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet: Men in Tights

Here are my thoughts on Sir Lawrence Olivier’s Hamlet. 1 We must begin with this. 2 Needless to say, this production is very much indebted to the realist movement.  It attempts to create period costumes for the movie, and the … Continue reading

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Londoners Celebrating Andy Murray’s Win

I have been waiting a long time to do this post.  🙂 Needless to say, the mood in London over the past few days have been ecstatic.  Londoners have been eagerly celebrating Andy Murray’s triumph at Wimbledon.  Here are some … Continue reading

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