amarguerite:

megaparsecs:

A reminder for today that supporting the idea that Oxford or Sir Francis Bacon or whoever wrote Shakespeare’s works is inherently classist and undermines the very essence of what makes Shakespeare great: the universality of his writing.

Shakespeare didn’t write to impress academics or to become reknown in literary circles, he wrote because he loved it and he loved acting and the theater, because he liked showing people up and he liked getting paid.

Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays where the main characters are noble, yes, but he wrote actors too — and teenage kids and poor grad students and nurses. His nobles aren’t memorable because they are grand but because anyone can relate to them, Hamlet’s not special to us because he’s a prince but because many of us can see our struggles in his thoughts and actions.

Do not let Oxfordians or Baconians take away what is special about Shakespeare: that he was an ordinary man writing plays not just for nobles or kings, for landowners or the highly educated elite but for ordinary people — for apprentices and butchers and merchant’s wives and maids. His company performed at court, but they also performed at the Globe, where you could get in for a penny if you didn’t mind standing in a crowd.

The Authorship Question isn’t really about discovering “who really wrote Shakespeare,” it’s about elitists being upset and confused and angry because the greatest works in the English language were written by the son of a well-off tradesman who never went to college. 

THANK YOU!

I would also like to add that a lot of the Authorship Question also arises from a fundamental misunderstanding of early modern English culture. A lot of the records that we have for Shakespeare are business-oriented because those were the sorts of documents that were considered important. It’s not a fundamental disconnect from the solitary genius baring his soul though poetry (an idea that emerged via 19th century Romantics— before Wordsworth, sonnets were not considered to be confessional in nature). It’s just a matter of what archives were important to early modern people.

There’s not an absence of evidence, there’s an absence of archive, based on what Shakespeare’s contemporaries thought was important to preserve. We know about as much about Shakespeare’s life as we know about other Elizabethan playwrights. (This podcast offers more proof of this. The lecturer wrote for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and mentions that only seven lost years for an early modern subject was considered remarkably good going.) It’s only because Shakespeare was glommed onto as a secular Jesus in the 18th and 19th century (and the rise of biography as a genre starting with I think Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson) that knowing more about his life became an obsession, to the point where there were famous forgers and people began to think that an absence of evidence that they and their 18th/19th century contemporaries would have preserved was proof of a conspiracy. 

As to the education argument— that’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what English grammar schools were like during the Elizabethan era. The references and allusions in Shakespeare’s plays are perfectly consistent with the curriculum of a typical grammar school graduate. And speaking of the plays, they are fundamentally of the theater and for the theater. They flatter patrons (o hai there Banquo’s successively handsomer and kinglier descendants *cough*James I*cough), they play with what could and could not be done on a stage. They retell stories popular at the time (The Merchant of Venice is often considered to be a reaction to Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta). 

Shakespeare wrote for people like him— for people like us. Not people who preserved the same things we do, or who learned the same things we do, but people who felt the same as we do. 

Wow, now I’m kinda psyched about the Blackbird tattoo idea and I don’t even want a tattoo at all, really.

guitar, bass, and discography :]

guitar: do you play any instruments?

I can plunk out a tune on the piano, and I used to play clarinet. It’s been a long time since I’ve played clarinet though.

bass: what’s your favorite instrument to listen to?

Oh god, it’s hard to pick one. Probably either French Horn or Oboe. They’re very different sounds and what kind of music I’m in the mood for makes a difference.

bass: what’s your favorite instrument to listen to?

Why yes, I have written very many songs! In the past year alone I have written more than eight songs, and I have bits and pieces of others still rattling around in my head! The funny thing is, I can write songs (and poems) much better when I either pretend I am a member of one of my OTPs or when I am worldbuilding and making up songs/stories/poems for one of my worlds.

The current songs I have written lyrics and tunes for this year are:

Unicorn
The Sound of Wings (Guardian Angel)
Friend, Brother, Lover
Forever, Lover, Forever
Perfect
Down With This Ship
Jack’s Lullaby
Long have we wandered in this land (Lament Song)

And I have written bits and pieces of Lonely Little Angel and a song that is tentatively called The Other Side of the Wall.

EDIT: I totally forgot about Gotham Youth (which I did not write this year but it’s still pretty awesome) and then I’ve got bits and pieces for songs tentatively called Heartsong, Gingerbread Man, Forbidden Love, and Life Can’t Stop Us.

Keyboard Name Lyrics

keyboard: what band do you really want to see live right now? (not including your #1 favorite band)

Wouldn’t mind seeing Fun. live. Or watching Bloody Fitzgerald and the Soul Farmers again. (I’m not really a live concert person, for the most part.)

name: what would you call your band if you had one?

IDK I’ve thought a lot about this but I can never pick one I like. The three I’ve been most fond of for the longest time are Slice of Life, Otipi, and Ambiguously Gay.

lyrics: what’s a lyric you wouldn’t mind getting tattooed?

Don’t really like tattoos but… I could see myself with “Blackbird singing in the dead of night” tattooed on my back. Especially if it was the lyrics fit into the shape of a blackbird, that would be sweet.

Something like this

But with the silhouette filled in with words, kinda like in this

band ask
guitar: do you play any instruments?
bass: what's your favorite instrument to listen to?
drums: do you have a sense of rhythm?
keyboard: what band do you really want to see live right now? (not including your #1 favorite band)
vocals: can you sing? do you like to sing?
gig: how many concerts have you been to? which has been your favorite?
album: recommend an album not in the mainstream!
autograph: do you have anyone's autograph? if so, who? if not, whose do you want?
remix: what's a song you love to dance to?
merch: take a pic of your favorite piece of band merch!
groupie: what's the worst thing you would do to get to your favorite band?
lyrics: what's a lyric you wouldn't mind getting tattooed?
name: what would you call your band if you had one?
single: what would be your hit single?
ep: if you could have any job in the music industry what would it be?
discography: have you ever written any songs?
cover: favorite cover?
ticket stub: what was the longest you've ever queued for a gig?

spiritintheteapot:

Bloody Fitzgerald and the Soul Farmers perform “Misty Mountains” at MHC Bardic Revelries 2014.

My arrangement!

I just realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve gone Troping….

You should absolutely do Dedicatedfollower. :D

spicyshimmy:

man but imagine if karl urban directed the next trek movie (with john cho consulting) 

i mean aside from mccoy inexplicably putting two phasers in his mouth simultaneously, i feel like the movie would really be true to the spirit of star trek

hesnotdeadjim:

petition for someone who actually likes star trek to direct the next movie

oh my god guys, seriously He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian is like the best WTNV fic I have ever read and it’s a daemon au AND there’s SPANISH.

dedicatedfollower467:

oh my god i know that this WTNV daemon au is written because daemon au

but i got to admit my favorite part about this is that in Lyra’s world the western US and parts of Mexico and Canada is Hispania Nova

which means everybody speaks Spanish and CECIL DOES THE SHOW IN SPANISH oh my god do you have ANY idea how much i want that to be a thing.

BIENVENIDOS A VALLE DE NOCHE

Cecil Palmero, el voz de Valle de Noche.

Carlos el cientifico, con su pelo perfecto

Vieja Josefina y los angeles (que no existen).

Juan Pedro, ya sabes, el granjero?

No te acerques el Parque de Perros. No mires el Parque de Perros. 

TODOS CLAMAN EL NUBE ENCENDIDO.

Ay, necesito crearlo o traducirlo o algo porque me encanta mucho!

(via nomelanin)

Well, it doesn’t need la in front of noche because you can omit articles after the preposition de - using la in that instance would indicate that it is the vale of one particular night, rather than a vale of night in general (the difference between los zapatos de hombres - men’s shoes - and los zapatos de los hombres - the shoes belonging to the men).

Also, from what I understand of Spanish grammar, names of cities don’t usually have to have articles in front of them, even if they’re from names of common objects. I’d guess that it’s a function of general convention whether to use an article before a city name, and in the case of Valle de Noche I don’t think it’s necessary.

Also I totally forgot to put in Riscos de Desierto.

JAJAJA YA EXISTE!

oh my god i know that this WTNV daemon au is written because daemon au

but i got to admit my favorite part about this is that in Lyra’s world the western US and parts of Mexico and Canada is Hispania Nova

which means everybody speaks Spanish and CECIL DOES THE SHOW IN SPANISH oh my god do you have ANY idea how much i want that to be a thing.

BIENVENIDOS A VALLE DE NOCHE

Cecil Palmero, el voz de Valle de Noche.

Carlos el cientifico, con su pelo perfecto

Vieja Josefina y los angeles (que no existen).

Juan Pedro, ya sabes, el granjero?

No te acerques el Parque de Perros. No mires el Parque de Perros. 

TODOS CLAMAN EL NUBE ENCENDIDO.

Ay, necesito crearlo o traducirlo o algo porque me encanta mucho!

To all the Tumblr users who tend to use tags very liberally:

thejadedkiwano:

Let’s play a game.

Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.

you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never