First of all, the entire country just finished celebrating the Chinese New Year. I’m from the Philippines where a lot of people have Chinese blood, so the occasion is a pretty big thing here. There were red lanterns everywhere, and I’m quite miffed that I missed all the fun.
Second of all, I finished all the plays I wanted to read for Shakespeare Reading Month. This fills me with a brilliant sense of completion, and I’m glad to report that, even if I read three plays of his this month, I didn’t actually overdose on Shakespeare. Shakespeare Reading Month taught me two things about The Bard:
- Choose the Folger edition every time. - I’ve tried reading plays with a modern line-by-line translation, but that was too distracting. The Folger editions are just right. They help you with the things you don’t understand, but the educational notes and explanations aren’t too obtrusive to the reading experience.
- Shakespeare must’ve been bipolar. – His tragedies are depressing as hell, while his comedies can make you laugh out loud. How does he do that?
I’m a bit worried, though, because I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that ten years have already passed and I’m still doing the same thing.
This is what happens when I get sick. I have too much time on my hands, and I end up thinking about all these crazy things.
What about you? What have you been up to lately?