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On the weekend, I went to Verona. Verona has two main things going for it: an almost complete Roman arena that is still in active use for public events to this day, and it is the setting of Bill's play about two youngens. Now, it seems to me that R & J isn't the great love story it is held up to be. You have two narcissistic kids who, having met each other twice, as I recall, get overly dramatic and top themselves. After two encounters, they are not in love, they are infatuated. Rather than a story of love, this is a story of self-destructive, childish obsession. Is this my cynicism showing? No, actually I lifted this interpretation from a friend, but I defy you to call it incorrect.

Any which way, the city is cashing on in on the story. A house long owned by the actual Dal Cappello (Capulet) family which conveniently has a balcony in the courtyard (made from a sarcophagus) has been refurbished as a museum, and there is a statue of Juliet that carries the superstition that if one grabs her right knocker they will soon find a new lover. So, did I fondle said boob? A gentlemen does not tell of sexual encounters, even with inanimate objects. There is also Juliet's tomb elsewhere in the city. I'm not sure why Bill was so enamored with northern Italy, but many of his plays are set here: The Taming of the Shrew in Padova, R & J in Verona and in Venice, well, The Merchant of Venice. There will be more here on Verona next month, as one of the better attractions, a tower from which one gets a panoramic view, is closed until maggio.

Now, I will succeed in getting two links to this title. It is interesting to observe how musack tastes differ between Straya and I-talia. It seems to me they have appropriate respect for thing the buying public at home don't. Heavily featured in CD store windows are the likes of Mark Knofler, The Clash, Tom Waits and Aerosmith. Back home you need to dig out the back or order in much of these folks' catalogues. However, they also have respect for things they should not; Manowar being chief. This, I assume, is because they cannot understand the dross that make up the lyrics.

It is probably worth people checking out the galleries fairly regularly, as new European cities are being added and updated regularly.

Finally, if anyone desires more insight into my brother's psyche, I direct you to this fabulous expose.

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theonlyh
Apr. 17th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
I see that you have the same flowery and romantic outlook on love that I do. I’m somewhat of a love agnostic. While I don’t believe in it I allow for the possibility of its existence.


Gentleman? Poppycock! You honked that hooter or I’m a Vermicious Knid!
paulfraser
Apr. 17th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say I don't believe in love. That's largly because I remember the agony of falling out of it. Generally, as a pretentious uni student, I like to examine the widely held interpretation of things. Sometimes the masses are right, but often their view is quite superficial. In this case "aww, it's a story all about love" is a bit shallow for my tastes.

And now to give you some ammo to give Marky Mark and G-Diggler agony: I will be funking out in July to Sly and the Family Stone at Umbria Jazz Fest. Bucca bucca bow.
docmatrix
Apr. 17th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
Boner?
I'm guessing the last picture is there for the sign above the shop window. My Italian is somewhat lacking, but Boner and Oreficeria? Sounds like a purveyor of goods for which we 'Strayians would normally patron a Club of X's.
paulfraser
Apr. 17th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Boner?
Heh. It's actually Ettore Boner's Goldsmith. The low brow in me won out.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
See, I was afraid I'd feel that way about watching Disney's The Little Mermaid again for the first time in about 10 years. Ariel's pretty silly in the end. I mean, glimpses Prince Eric on a boat for a few seconds, pulls him out of the water, then declares she loves him? Continually defies her father and refuses to listen to reasonable Sebastian? Casts away her heritage to be some idiot on the land? But no, apparently watching it once a day for about 3 years as a child instills upon you a permanent magical quality. Only more upsetting now that I'm older and wiser and clearly with emotional problems; who finds The Little Mermaid upsetting?

-Viv
paulfraser
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
I agree it is safer sometimes to leave certain things you enjoyed in childhood there as fuzzy, happy recollections (though after watching it every day for 3 years, it's probably not that fuzzy on the details). I recently saw The Goodies and Degrassi again after many years absence, and while both were still good, they didn't stand up to an adults scrutiny as well as a childs. Also, I never noticed how goddam preachy Degrassi was!

As to cartoons aimed at kids being upsetting I choose not to comment, except about the WW2 ones where Superman was using the words 'nips' and 'gooks'. Those are quite distressing.
paulfraser
Apr. 20th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oops, before I upset any comic book nerds, that was The Phantom, not Superman.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 21st, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
Lemon Cannon Apocalypse
Hmm, that was tasteful. Why not use a real cannon next time?

[Rob]
prefektionist
May. 3rd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Lemon Cannon Apocalypse
don't tempt me :o)
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