would recommend Black Mirror in that order. Red Riding you might have to get illegally I’m afraid. also if you’ve not seen any Luther I can rec you some good series one eps? I’ve not seen all of it yet tho
Okay, cool, thanks! (I might watch Luther at some point, but do let me know good eps once you’ve seen it all then I can try out a good one)(and also no, we never got round to Sunshine, so I’ll bear that mind too)
5:06 pm • 10 August 2014 • 1 note
… I’m out of ideas, then. (I mean, if you want heartbreak, surest way to go imo would be The Charioteer, but that one isn’t on gutenberg, yet, so no help there…)
I am considering buying that with my amazon voucher at some point after seeing you blog about it, so thanks!
5:04 pm • 10 August 2014 • 2 notes
glancing at my netflix: Eternal Sunshine? oooh Black Mirror (1x03 and 2x02 for deffs, then 2x01 and 1x02 if you fancy, 1x01 and 2x03 are good but sillier). Red Riding is meant to be quite intense (they’re tv movies) but I’ve never seen them
Ah, you got there before me - yeah, I’d forgotten about Black Mirror, and I’ve heard good things about Red Riding too, so might check them out, thank you!
4:58 pm • 10 August 2014 • 2 notes
lord I think I’ve shown you everything soul-destroying I know of. I’d say Gen Kill because it’s super intense but also kinda long?? I’ve not seen it but Hunger is meant to be as bad as Shame. argh this is really hard without my dvds in front of me
Thanks - I think we have watched basically everything soul destroying you own, that being our main criteria for films we watch together… (actually, I should go see what’s on netflix, make sure there’s not anything I’ve heard of as being awful)
4:57 pm • 10 August 2014 • 3 notes
gutenberg.org/files/1… Tristram Shandy, on gutenberg.org. Rather unlikely to make you sad, but altogether very engaging and distracting if sad can’t be found.
Thank you for the suggestion, although somewhat unluckily you have chosen one of the two books I actively dislike (based mostly upon trying to read it years ago and forming an irreversible opinion, as I don’t hate Sterne’s writing, I like other stuff he did, and I usually enjoy 18th century weird novels).
4:42 pm • 10 August 2014 • 4 notes
guys, I have a challenge for you
I need some emotionally intense fiction. I am so stressed and anxious about everything and I know that some catharsis would be good, physically if not mentally. The challenge is, if you’ve not noticed from following me, that not much does that.
so, recommend me your preferred heartbreak/soul-destroying stuff that I can get my hands on this evening - films, tv that doesn’t require watching seasons of getting invested or anything, I’ll say fic although I’m mostly into things where there’s so little fic you’re aware of most of it (sadly books are mostly impractical as I can’t get them now)
(if not, things so engaging that I will be totally drawn in - basically I want to replicate seeing an intense play but without actually going to one)
things that have made me sad in the past include
the last two episodes of Rev.
the National Theatre Edward II
the episode of Bones where she thinks that because she's distant and cold she's ruined everything and will be alone
there may be more but that's all I can think of from the past couple of years that has stayed with me
4:29 pm • 10 August 2014 • 4 notes
man from now on those fireworks aren’t because it’s the new year they’re CELEBRATING YOU \O/
I tell them it’s too much, but people never listen, they always insist on putting on so many fireworks for me :P
2:52 pm • 10 August 2014 • 3 notes
you can buy me a copy for my birthday if you want!? :D I’d be v grateful if you wanted to/did but it’s up to you (what with the Shakespearean post it notes from you I feel we have a Theme developing here :P) 4th of Sept is mine :P
Brilliant, I knew it was the beginning of September but am terrible at remembering the actual dates of people’s birthdays (I swear because mine is so easy to remember :P)
2:48 pm • 10 August 2014 • 2 notes
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I have a sharp pain in my back?
Brute, et tu?
2:35 pm • 10 August 2014 • 88 notes
icryyoumercy said: ✹ for, uhm. The Globe, please?
right, stuff either about The Globe or having a general Globe-ness about it
- 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro (about what happened in that year, including the Globe building, and how it may have influenced the plays probably written around then - As You Like It, Henry V, Julius Caesar and Hamlet mostly)
- Henry V because all the chorus bits about imagining theatre space (using your physical space as part of your audience-convincing propaganda, yes please - I love the interpretation that the Chorus is Henry V’s spin doctor, turning up with a charismatic smile and going ‘c’mon guys, this theatre may not look like it *calculated self-depracating laugh* but it’s Agincourt, yeah, and Henry’s great’
- This is quite tangental as it’s set too early for the Globe itself, but if we’re thinking about the magic of a theatre space, then the book The Scar-Crow Men by Mark Chadbourn (second in a series about an Elizabethan spy, featuring Kit) has a major plot line about summoning actual devils during a performance of Faustus (which Kit has purposefully done)
- That song from the end of the Globe production of Doctor Faustus. Because nothing will bring the Globe faster to mind to me than that. Also it’s great to sing.
- Ooh, you’ve seen Julius Caesar, so I can say the ancient greek song that the singers sing when people die (which is the same song that Brutus’ boy sings to go to sleep, translated into ancient greek). I really love how harsh it sounds with all the death (and then I love that jig too).
- Okay, basically all the Globe comedy/jig music
- The episode with David Tennant’s Doctor and Martha going to the Globe
- The hilariously permed 70s TV show with Tim Curry as Shakespeare, called the Life of Shakespeare or something I think (it’s on youtube, the first episode has Marlowe shutting Shakespeare in an attic to write Henry VI for him, Shakespeare being ‘the best cock in the theatre’ (purportedly about the bird) and then, the inevitable Marlowe ending done in a really strange way - basically it’s very weird and crazy and hence quite Globe-esque too)
2:34 pm • 10 August 2014 • 8 notes
thank you! :) I’ve been meaning to look into Dead Man of Deptford anyway, so :D
I will convince anyone with a passing interest in Kit Marlowe/brilliant word-obsessed writing/very strange books partly based on anachronisms and Burgess writing his own fic for his favourite author to read A Dead Man in Deptford :P
can I buy you a copy for your birthday? second hand but still?
2:20 pm • 10 August 2014 • 5 notes
… on second thought, if I had known you’d end up there, too, I’d have totally cone to say hi. Because that would have be a hilariously terrible idea. but probably quite funny. :)
If it helps, I’d have been very confused too, I worked from 11-3 then had post-show breakfast and drinks in the theatre and was getting an hour and a half train to a place not quite that near my house. A weird night all around, it seems :)
2:14 pm • 10 August 2014 • 2 notes