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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.

Comments

(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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