Sparkle by Radwimps

Caught in a never-ending game
Seems like the world’s still trying to tame me
If that’s the way, I will obey
Beautifully struggle every day

Should we have a little kiss
While seeing both of our hourglasses
Let’s make a plan to meet somewhere that is
Most far from “goodbye”

Finally, the time has come
Everything up ’til yesterday was a prologue
Skimming through the days of old
It’s my turn to bear the load
My experience and my skill
And all the courage I had let start to mildew
At an unprecedented speed, I will
Dive right into you

And when I dozed off into a lukewarm can of soda, I
Dreamed of a world so far from here that’s not on the map
Searching outside of the classroom window
Or in a summer morning that’s brought from the commuting train

Words like “tomorrow” or “future” or “fate”
No matter how far they extend their hands
We breathe, we dream, we raise our love
In a timeless land that is far out of reach

Even the second, hour hands of the clock
They look at us sideways as they tick and tock
How I hope to have forever to spend
This life, no—all future lives
Right here in this world with you

Let’s put away them far ahead
“How do you do”s and all the “Nice to meet you”s
And breathe over a thousand-year cycle in a single day

How I hated lifeless world
That’s made up entirely of dictionary word that
I saw through my kaleidoscope
On a monotonous August morn’

When you appeared in front of me
You acted shy but I didn’t miss your grinning face like
If it’s the textbook of this world
Of how to make your smile on your face

I’ve been looking for “incredible”s, the meaning of “unbelievable”
I even hope for tragedies if it goes with the thrill
But when you were standing in front of my door
With every piece in your hand that I could ask for

Words like “tomorrow” or “future” or “fate”
No matter how far they extend their hands
Let’s breathe, and dream, we’ll play together in this place
What do you say?

Even the way that you loved
I swear I could smell the scent of yours
And in the way that you walked
I could hear that bright laughter of yours

Since one day you will disappear
I’ll keep every part of you
Make sure that it’s burned into the back of my eyes
It’s not a right that I’m due
My duty that is must have been kept

Words like “tomorrow” or “future” or “fate”
No matter how far they extend their hands
We breathe, we dream, we raise our love
In a timeless land that is far out of reach
Even the second, hour hands of the clock
They look at us sideways as they tick and tock
How I hope to have forever to spend
This life, no—all future lives
Right here in this world with you

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Film Review: The Globe On Screen Macbeth

I love Shakespeare. You probably already know this about me but for those of you that don’t, you should know… THAT I LOVE SHAKESPEARE. I have restarted Shakespeare Club at school and it is better than ever. The first play that the kiddos chose this year was Macbeth. A great play. A dark play. And a reason for me to buy another Globe on Screen DVD. The Globe Theatre in London is a  true gem. Being there for a live show is as close as your every going to get to how these play were originally performed. The Theatre also films some of their productions and makes them available for purchase. I have started my own little collection and Macbeth is my most recent acquisition.

I prefer to show that Globe productions when I teach Shakespeare because they are typically very traditional and they tend not to take themselves to seriously. The are bursting with humor that can be hard to find in most filmed versions. (Unfortunately some of that humor gets a little dirty and inappropriate for school so I have to skip certain chunks). Macbeth is no different. When my DVD first arrived in the mail I noticed a quote that called this production warm. I was greatly confused and I initially thought that it was impossible for a production of Macbeth to be warm. Macbeth is a dark play. most productions are very somber from beginning to end however this was not the case at The Globe.

This production was directed by Eve Best and featured Joseph Millson as Macbeth, Samantha Spiro as Lady Macbeth, and Billy Boyd as Banquo (he was definitely Pippin in Lord of the Rings and it makes me happy). Millson and Spiro have a wonderful chemistry as Lord and Lady Macbeth and they bring a maturity to the roles that also have a touch of humor. Boyd’s Banquo is fresh and down to earth. The production as a whole is down to earth as it displays a stark background that is meant to represent Scotland, and features a large amount of bagpipe music.

My students in particular appreciated the humor because it kept them engaged in the story. The humor also brings a sense of humanity to these characters. Most of the humor stems from a choice to portray the characters as unsure and less than perfectly confident. There is a scene near the end in which Macbeth is dressing for battle. He at first has one of his servants put on his leather arm brace, then he gets frustrated with the slow pace and tries to do it himself, before giving up and throwing the brace on the ground. This is a special moment that is extremely relatable and also slightly humorous. Though not so funny that it takes away from the important themes being displayed in the dialogue.

The humor also helps display the character development of Macbeth. He is clearly unraveling and gradually becomes more paranoid as the play progresses. The humor shows a distinct lack of confidence that is relatable for the audience and helps make Macbeth a more sympathetic character. By the end of the play I found myself pitying Macbeth. He began the story as a good and loyal man who has been twisted by a desire to move up in the world and a desire to please his wife, whom he clearly loves very much. I look back at Macbeth’s journey in this production and I feel sad by what has happened to him. And the decidedly somber portrayal of victory at the end shows that this is not necessarily a happy day for those that defeated Macbeth. There is a level of regret in all the characters, because they also remember that Macbeth was once well-loved and good.

I could talk about all this version of Macbeth ALL DAY LONG! It’s that good. It’s a must see for Shakespeare fans. It’s relatable and funny but also somber and humbling. Eve Best did a top-notch job with this production and it has quickly become one of my favorite productions to ever come from the Globe.

What Went Through My Mind As I Picked Up Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone for the First Time in Nearly a Decade

Back to witches and wizards, and magical beasts
To goblins and ghosts and to magical feasts
It’s all that I love, and all that I need
At Hogwarts, Hogwarts

Back to spells and enchantments, potions and friends

To Gryffindor! Hufflepuff! Ravenclaw! Slytherine!

Back to the place where our story begins!

At Hogwarts

Man, I’m glad I’m back!

Special thanks to Starkid for the song “Goin Back to Hogwarts” and the gifs and for perfectly depicting how much of a nerd I am about Harry Potter. These books are so special and So is “A Very Potter Musical”. I can’t wait to dive back into this series.

Book Review: Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

I am fully aware that the title of this book makes it seem like a feminist argument roughly the size of the bible. It isn’t. I promise. At a mere 97 pages Beards Women & Power: A Manifesto, is a quick read that examines the literary and historical struggles of women in positions of power. Mary Beard is highly qualified in her examination as she is an English scholar and classicist. Women & Power is highly accessible, as it is based on two lectures the Beard has given during her career. I personally would have loved to have seen either of these speeches in person though the book is just as good.

Beard reflects my own feminist voice in that she speaks to examine the past in order to improve the future. She is clearly seeking equality by displaying the clear inequality that has been present throughout history. Beard begins her lecture all the way back with Homer’s The Odyssey. She states that this was likely the first literary evidence of misogyny, when Odysseus’s wife is silenced by her young son and sent to work on her weaving. Beard then moves into more literary evidence including comic strips, mythology and famous speeches made by women. She is precise and accurate in her examination and uses literature as clear evidence of a worldwide fear of women gaining too much power. As an English major I find this first section of Beards book to be particularly fascinating.

In the second section of her book beard examines a more modern point of view of women and power. She begins this section with a look at the book Herland by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, in which an island is found that is ruled entirely by women until a group of men discover it. From here she leaps into modern evidence of inequality. From the female political uniform that is donned my Hilary Clinton and Angela Merkel, to modern images that compare powerful women to Medusa. One argument that I found particularly powerful is when she states that there have been multiple images of a decapitated Hilary Clinton created by men with no backlash. While one such image of Donald Trump created by a woman resulted in the immediate termination of her career. Please don’t take this as evidence that I agree with what Kathy Griffin did. I am fully against Trump but her image was overly violent and inappropriate in my opinion. However, There is a clear discrepancy. Plenty of men have circulated similar images with no backlash while the one woman who does it is severely punished. All I’m asking for is  consistency. All should be treated equal in these situations.

Beard is brilliant writer who has a clear command of the English language. She is understandable but also intellectually challenging. She has opened my eyes on many issues and has helped become firmer in my feminist beliefs and in my desire for consistent equality. If you consider yourself a feminist (or if you don’t) she is a must read. She is highly relevant and offers the reader an arsenal of evidence that can be used in many of todays major issues.

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