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I finally saw National Theatre Live's broadcast of Coriolanus. Fantastic! Incredible staging, terrific performances by everyone (Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss included), and Deborah Findlay absolutely made the show. I just recently used Coriolanus in teaching The Hunger Games (there's good reason why President Snow's first name is Coriolanus!), and it was a delight finally to see this new and justly acclaimed adaptation.

A couple of items of possible interest:

* From Heritage Daily: "‘A Study in Sherlock’ – The Case of a Revolutionary Detective."

* From Metro: "Sherlock Holmes Swaps Baker Street for the South Coast for New Museum."

We've recently covered Lord Ruthven, Varney, and Carmilla in my Gothic Tradition class (we're on a vampyre/vampire roll), and now it's time for Dracula. To celebrate, I'm reading Stephen Seitz's very canon-conscious Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula, which I'm enjoying immensely.

And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere ‘modernity’ cannot kill.
- Bram Stoker, Dracula


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Feb. 19th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
Coriolanus always makes me think of "Kiss Me, Kate;" and Lord Ruthven of "Anno Dracula."
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
LOL!!! Nice connections.
Feb. 19th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
And after never seeing it before, I have now seen the name of President Snow twice in three minutes (here, and on Facebook).
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's a conspiracy!
Feb. 19th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
In completely unrelated blitherings:

Ever thought that the HP in Lovecraft's name might stand for something else?


Another item of interest would be that Psycho-Pass is coming out on DVD in a few weeks. For those unfamiliar, it could be described as if you removed the wacky elements from Paranoia and filled it with a good-sized dollop of Minority Report and a dash of Judge Dredd. It may particularly appeal to those who like the pre-crime concepts of Minority Report but hate how it relies on psychics. The preorder at Amazon is currently at half off.
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for the heads up re: Psycho-Pass!

And that article, OMG. Totally brilliant. LOVED it. <3 Thanks!
Feb. 19th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Coriolanus wasn't showing near me. Shame, because fave of both the girl child and I, Hadley Fraser, was in it. We've only ever seen him in musicals not straight theatre. Boohoo :o(
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, he was brilliant, as well. Very physical, very compelling, and in one particular scene (when Coriolanus appears at his home and surrenders), he absolutely took my breath away. Just stunning. Terrific performance! I hope there will be more times/dates added for encore showings, so you can see it. *fingers crossed*

Feb. 21st, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
This is great. I've passed it around as well as posted it. You find the best links! Thank you for sharing this.
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Feb. 21st, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yes! I want the Gorey sheets and pillowcases, too! :D

That article was absolutely fascinating, I'm going to pass it along to others. Now I want to keep an eye open for the book when it comes out, too. Thank you so much for sharing the link with me!
Feb. 21st, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! First the Library of America, now this. PROPS! :D Thank you, my friend. *high fives*
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