Random Thursday: Random Ranting Iambic

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

It’s only fair: I did one on Bacon.


Fitzgerald Monkeys

I was going to make some kind of parallel
with the perils of downsizing without adjusting one’s expectations,
but that’s sort of the definition of Fitzgerald, so . . .

(Thanks for the reassurance, Andy!  Ook Eek!)


Beautifully Written, but Still Statutory

Romeo and Juliet for Reals

I feel the same way about Romeo & Juliet that I do about The Giving Tree.

Since that little nerve is already starting to tick in my left eyelid,
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

(Thanks, Kev–I needed that!)


Who’s in Primary?

Lay on, Mr. Leibowitz.

And damned be him that first cries, “I’ve heard enough!”

(My husband sent me this to celebrate baseball season.  Huzzah?)


If He Had . . .

Shakespeare makes it up

. . . .we’d be using it right now.

Kind of frightening, right?


If you ever encounter someone who wonders aloud why Shakespeare isn’t translated into modern English so people can understand it
inform them that Shakespeare actually wrote in modern English
and slap a copy of the Canterbury Tales into their hands.

After they ask you why you’ve given them a Dutch doorstop,
take another big linguistic step back
and hit ’em upside the head with a untranslated copy of Beowulf
and send ’em to the theater to see Midsummer Night’s Dream.

(I might be a little testy today . . .)


To Edit or Not to Edit

You have to wonder . . .

“Bums in seats.”

Well . . . yeah.


10 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Random Ranting Iambic

  1. Can I just say this is one of my favorite posts you have ever written? ‘Who’s on First’ is one of my favorite bits of comedy of all time, and this version is amazing. Romeo & Juliet is probably my least favorite play. (Much prefer Much Ado or Merry Wives, or even Henry IV pt. 2!)
    Is that Hugh Laurie with Rowan Atkinson? Another reason to prefer British comedy.

    • Of course you may. 😀

      I prefer Much Ado and Midsummer Night’s Dream. R&J is a cautionary tale about absentee parenting. 😀

      It is Mr. Laurie! Two of my favorite funny people in one skit. Ahhhh. 🙂

    • I loathe it. It’s horrible. It’s not a book about selfless love, it’s a cautionary tale about the evils of codependency. It’s Trees Who Love Selfish Boys Too Much. It’s the dark side of motherhood. I always wondered if Mr. Silverstein was as dismayed by its constant misinterpretation as I am. . .

    • That’s terrific, Christina!

      I’m a huge fan of Ben Crystal (fans self),
      And I used to be able to do the Canterbury intro, though Mom is better at it.

      But that Beowulf is a different beast, isn’t it? And that Brittanic song–lovely!

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