Jamie is more an antique Roman than a Dane. He is straight and slender, and more than common tall. He is ill at reckoning, but he knows a hawk from a handsaw and is advised what he says, neither disturbed with the effect of wine nor heady-rash, provoked with raging ire. He is an unfee'd lawyer, but not covetous for gold. He is a foe to tyrants. He is not gamesome, and does lack some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony. He loves not wisely but too well. He is a better scholar than he thought he was, so he'll call for pen and ink and write his mind.
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at 23:33 on 20-03-2013
Anyone read Adam Roberts' New model army? I feel like I may have missed something because I wasn't that taken with it but people seem to like it a lot.permalink
at 20:55 on 18-03-2013
How is it a choose-your-own-adventure when half of your choices make you lose?Yeah, one of the things I found most annoying about it was that the only way to win ... permalink
at 19:13 on 17-03-2013
No knowledge of Latin is required to appreciate how astonishingly bad the Iris project's Aeneid c...permalink
at 01:17 on 16-03-2013
Shakespeare changed my plural "you" to "thou". :( He also changed "what will" to "what wilt".Yeah, Shakey's grammar has gone downhill in the last few centuries.... permalink
at 20:53 on 15-03-2013
Well, here's a new way to make writing frustrating: get Nietzsche, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Dickinson, Dickens, and Poe to help...permalink
at 23:07 on 04-03-2013
More exciting / surprising is this demo for a charming little puzzle game called Gorogoa (via MrAlexBrenner...permalink
- 18:22, 27-04-2013 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 10 - Coriolanus:
Yes, I'd heard it was less Rossiterean, so hopefully less distracting. It was very noticeable on stage.permalink
- 15:07, 27-04-2013 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 10 - Coriolanus:
Sorry I'm late! Yeah, showing your wounds was an actual thing in electoral campaigns. There's a story about one time when a ca...permalink
- 23:21, 18-12-2012 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 9 - As You Like It:
(Also I do think it's a strong possibility that the 'lion attack' story is something Orlando and Oliver cook up between them to ...permalink
- 23:14, 18-12-2012 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 9 - As You Like It:
This is one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies (out of the, er, two or three Shakespeare comedies I've actually seen). It's j...permalink
- 00:17, 21-10-2012 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 7 - King John:
I suspect What Everyone Knows About King John has also been reinforced by Ivanhoe, which seems (and I say this on the bas...permalink
- 23:33, 27-09-2012 on Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 6 - Troilus and Cressida:
So it turns out I've seen stage productions of a surprisingly large number of these obscure Shakespeares... Whatever Ch...permalink