Monday, August 22, 2016

MacBeth, MacBeth and Old English

What I’m Working On: Reached the halfway mark on my Brain Bite on Queen Mary I of England. The characters of the Tudor period are truly fascinating. There is so much political intrigue that I now know why so many books, films and TV shows have focused on this time period. I have also been reading, re-reading and watching various adaptations of MacBeth. The 2015 film with Michael Fassbinder is brutal, beautiful and hypnotic. Shakespeare isn’t something you get on the first read. You have to keep working at it and eventually you develop an understanding of the characters and plots. I am also working on paintings inspired by MacBeth. I did one and have ideas for at least two more.

What I’m Watching: MacBeth (2015 film version) and Game of Thrones (completely addictive).

What I’m Reading: MacBeth and Beowulf with a translation by Seamus Heaney. I recently bought two books on Old English. I also ordered from Amazon an Old English version of Alice in Wonderland. I am so excited to start improving my knowledge of Old English. It resembles German more than modern day English. Luckily, I am not new to German.

What I’m Searching For: Books on the Inuit language and Old Norse. I recently acquired the Sagas of the Icelanders. I plan to make a lifelong study of the Northern Atlantic languages. Are there websites out there where you can communicate with others in Old Norse, Inuit and Old English? If not, maybe I should start the website.

Art: Working on abstract pieces inspired by MacBeth. 

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