Young Son at Shakespeare Camp Makes the Newspaper

28 07 2009
Young son as Richard III at Summer of Shakespeare camp, Tallahassee Democrat, July 28, 2009

Young son as Richard III at Summer of Shakespeare camp, Tallahassee Democrat, July 28, 2009

Here’s the accompanying story by staff writer Kathleen Laufenberg ,and more art by Ana Goni-Lessan, including Young Son’s immortal quote about the Bard’s words:
“”One of the things people really don’t realize about Shakespeare is how great the insults are.”

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What: Summer of Shakespeare’s production of “King Richard III”
When: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: SAIL High School, 2006 Jackson Bluff Road
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for students
Contact: Dr. Cynie Cory

What JJ’s Reading Next

28 07 2009

Dangerous Games: the Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan

I heard this on the way to Shakespeare summer camp and after dropping off Young Son (who btw wants to be a historian or I should say, already considers himself one) I headed straight for the bookstore:

“We tell ourselves stories,” MacMillan writes in her introduction, “not always true ones.”

By revealing time and again how often the stories nations tell themselves are in fact wrong, and reminding us of those consequences, MacMillan has formed a powerful and important argument that people — and not just the people in power — must know their true histories. This book is a great place for everyone to start.

Talk About Strange Bedfellows, Where Better Than PARIS?

28 07 2009

en route

“Just Another Day in Paris”
Posted by both kiki and FavD under France, Paris

[Kiki starts]
After a thoroughly enjoyable night with our fellow travelers from around the world, we were rejuvenated in our desire to explore Paris. So we set off this morning after getting our fill of crusty baguettes and confiture at the free breakfast at our hostel. Our first stop was Père Lachaise Cemetery to see all of the incredibly famous people who are buried there.

After walking around aimlessly in the labyrinth of mausoleums and sepulchres that is Père Lachaise we finally decided that a map would be a good idea. We got a free map at an office in the cemetery, helpfully labeled and annotated so that one could find the famous graves.

[Mer taking over]

The graves are many and surprising, so our first move was to make a list of the specific ones we wanted to visit. We made an ambitious list that included, on my end, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, and Oscar Wilde, and, as far as Kiki was concerned, Jean de la Fontaine, Edith Piaf, and Fredéric Chopin. Kiki was moved in particular by Piaf’s grave and the many holocaust memorials, and I was thrilled by the tribute paid to Oscar Wilde – fans have taken to adorning his grand headstone with lipstick kisses. It seems to have become something of a tradition.

To continue our dead people tour, we went to Napoléon’s tomb, which is also a war museum. We were impressed by the comprehensive WWI/WWII exhibit, which included an army-issue coat from the WWI still covered in the mud of the trenches.

[Her brother the budding military historian will be thrilled by THAT!]

Napoléon, let me assure you, is Read the rest of this entry »