i want a late night adventure. i want someone to call me up and say, “i’m outside. let’s go do something!” i want to go out late at night in my pj’s and my hair all tied up. maybe drive around. go to a park and just swing on the swings. maybe sit in the grass and watch the stars or maybe go to a 24 hour food place and pig out. i just want a late night adventure with people i like to be around. no drama. nothing but good vibes and good company.
Watch the plays performed!!! That’s what I tell everyone who says they have trouble with Shakespeare - after a good performance (whether live or filmed or recorded) the text is illuminated and clarified in ways that it couldn’t have otherwise been. The plays were written to be performed; the dialogue was written to be spoken. I think a lot of people without lit backgrounds struggle with Shakespeare because in the early learning environments where most people are introduced to him you’re generally just given the text sans context, which is crucially important even for works as timeless as Shakespeare’s because there are so many inflections/jokes/references/etc. best appreciated and understood when spoken or annotated. Shakespeare isn’t the dead stuffy ancient writer so many people think of him as; he’s hilarious & dirty & raw & emotional & thrilling & spectacularly eloquent & still very very VERY much alive in performance. It’s both funny and infuriating to me that there’s so much elitism re: Shakespeare in many academic circles because he’s possibly the most populist writer who ever lived. There is something in his works for you; for everyone. Start by seeing him performed. :)