1. gnimmelshouseofmaps:

    Some explanation may be due. Back in the day, I did readthroughs with a group of people who, over the course of a number of years, worked their way through the entirety of Shakespeare’s plays. Doing this sort of thing is a) awesome, b) inculcates a certain amount of Shakespeare geekery, and c) gives one a strong sense that sometimes the great bard liked to reuse a plot point or two. So I thought I’d have a go at trying to condense down some of those reusable plot points into a sort of flowchart, vaguely based around the idea of asking Shakespeare for advice on your play-like dilemmas. I don’t claim to have shoehorned in every plot point he ever wrote, but there is at least one plot point from all the plays here. Including some of the ‘maybe Shakespeare contributed 5 lines of verse in act 4’ plays.

    The click for bigness aspect here is complicated. Tumblr resizes stuff to 1280px wide, which is big enough  to read, well, most of it. So click on the image for a a mostly readable version. If you want a fully readable version, I’ve put one up here, but please be gentle with the server!

     

  2. bloodpactgirlscout:

    we take a short break from attempting to make a reasonable amount of romeo and juliet comics to actually post in order to bring you the contents of my western lit notes, featuring the biggest loser in denmark, who i have possibly started a war with my teacher over the relative whininess of. (or, me standing up and shouting “YOU’RE A GROWN MAN AND I’M NOT SURE EVEN YOU COULD HANDLE YOUR DEAD FATHER FORCING YOU TO MURDER YOUR INCEST-LOVING UNCLE-STEPDAD WHILE A WHOLE COUNTRY IS ON ITS WAY TO ATTACK YOU, SO I THINK THIS KID IS DOING PRETTY WELL.” He wasn’t happy, but said he appreciated that I clearly did the reading.)

     

  3. jennewithane:

    The OBC recording of Aladdin came in the mail today. I love Amazon for having Sunday delivery in New York.

     

  4. howllor:

    mostlycatsmostly:

    theparadoxmachine:

    alanahikarichan:

    hideousblob:

    mostlycatsmostly:

    Raising Kittens

    (via Valerija S. Vlasov)

    dsfklsajflsjfdlk that’s the german word for kittens?

    katzenkinder?

    literally: “cat children”

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ;w;

    ISN’T GERMAN A CUTE LANGUAGE

    DO YOU KNOW THE GERMAN WORD FOR BAT

    IT’S FLEDERMAUS

    FLUTTER-MOUSE

    HOW IS THAT NOT JUST KAWAII AS HECK

    My favorite is their word for bagpipes.

    DUDELSACK

    doodle sack

    seriously

    But then their word for skull is Totenkopf, as in Death’s Head. 

    So German basically has two settings, kawaii and metal, and there is no in between. 

    I love German.

    Reblogging for the German lesson.

    once again, same applies to pretty much ALL germanic languages smh.

    swedish lesson

    • kitten = kattunge = “cat child”
    • bat = fladdermus = “flutter mouse”
    • skull = döskalle = “death head”

    also a while back there was this post about hot all animals in german are called something-animal, or something-pig. NOT UNIQUE.

    • roe deer = rådjur = “roe/raw animal”
    • squirrel = ekorre = “oak grouse”
    • platypus = näbbdjur = “beak animal”
    • porcupine = piggsvin = “spike pig”
    • raccoon = tvättbjörn = “wash bear”
    • porpoise = tumlare = “tumbler”
    • tortoise = sköldpadda = “shield toad”
    • armadillo = bältdjur = “belt animal”
    • sloth = sengångare = “late walker”
    • squid = bläckfisk = “ink fish”

    i can go on…

    also the german tumblr favourite “schadenfreude” (the joy you feel when someone else is getting hurt), we’ve got that too! Skadeglädje! and doppelgänger = dubbelgångare (literally “double walker”)

    it’s not that we’ve somehow borrowed these words from german, it’s that this is how germanic languages are constructed. it’s not special for german! there are even loads of similarities between the mainland european germanic languages and english! because guess what! english has germanic roots too!

    goddang monolingual anglophones……

    what I really love about swedish though is how we tack words onto each other into really long ones, and you can create new words this way and it’s like…. completely grammatically correct even if you won’t find it in any dictionary. One thing ive seen around that seems to be popular is the idea that there is a swedish word for wanking while crying = “gråtrunka”. it’s not an actual word, it’s in no dictionary. you’ve just put the words for crying (gråta) and wanking (runka) together - and it’s valid. that’s how you swedish. i can do that right now. look! Fisksäng! the swedish word for a fish’s bed! it doesn’t exist, it’s in no dictionary, but it’s correct swedish.

    (via flarechaser)

     

  5. fireflowerprincess:

    letyoursoul:

    nomoreexplantions:

    cassius614:

    thatsnotshakespeare:

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    Someone paid for this.  With actual money.

    And they’re still selling it.  For actual money.

    SONOFA

    My father literally used to jokingly make this error b/c he knew it drove me crazy. This EXACT error. And he’d say “once more unto the breach” was Tennyson.

    I have a dorky family, and that was a digression, but HONESTLY.

    Forever 21, I am so disappointed in you. You’re one of my favorite clothing stores, but this error is not easily forgivable.

    I JUST GET REALLY UPSET WHEN PEOPLE SAY SHAKESPEARE SAID LITERALLY EVERYTHING

    what if we all bought one but crossed out shakespeare and wrote TENNYSON DAMMIT instead

    (via accidental-abduction)

     


  6. nobodytoldthehorse:

    I’ve already talked about this with Mel, but omfg I really need a fic where the lone survivors at the end of Shakespearean tragedies meet up at a bar or something and just

    Benvolio: All my friends are dead
    Horatio: All my friends are dead
    Cassio: All my friends TRIED TO KILL ME AND THEN DIED AND TO BE QUITE HONEST I’M STILL NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE AND I CAN’T EVEN DRINK AWAY MY SORROWS BECAUSE I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ALCOHOL

    (via thepurposeofplaying)

     

  7. thepurposeofplaying:

    blackpaint20:

    Student Shakespearean by Jonathan Wolstenholme 

    2003

    oh so THAT’S what it’s like to study Shakespeare whilst on acid

     


  8. Assassins Creed Unity DLC where you steal bread and get sent to jail for 19 years.

     

  9. kittyinva:

    Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in “Romeo and Juliet”.

    (via jamiethemime)

     


  10. So number one, Reading Rainbow was not cancelled because it was not effective. Reading Rainbow was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was [cancelled] due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. So the idea that I am trying to somehow revive a failed endeavor is bullshit. That’s right. I said it. Bullshit.
     

  11. dark-haired-hamlet:

    Literally the only thing you’ll ever need to know about Shakespeare.

    (via ladysaviours)

     

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  13. starkinglyhandsome:

    gallowstyphoon:

    idiaz:

    New cover for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. “The spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned.”

    WHO THE FUCK WOULD BURN A BOOK

    have u read fahrenheit 451

    (Source: spacegoat-herder, via girlwiki)

     

  14. thejoelofus:

    HEY WRITER FRIENDS

    there’s this amazing site called realtimeboard which is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!! 

    this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!

    (Source: joelmillers, via tellyouastory)

     


  15. runecestershire:

    tyreenosaurusrex:

    In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, I would like to take this moment and share a profound quotation from the bard:

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    Such mastery of the English language.

    Remember that when this goes down, they are indoors.

    (via jamiethemime)