before juliet

So, next June I’m going to London and I’m going to watch my favorite Shakespeare play at the Globe, and two weeks later my friend and I are going to Rome and Florence to fangirl over our love for Roman stuff, art, and the Medici household.


Happy Birthday Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (november 11th, 1974)

I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.

oh! I have to tell you guys a great story one of my professors told me. So he has a friend who is involved in these Shakespeare outreach programs where they try to bring Shakespeare and live theatre to poor and underprivileged groups and teach them about English literature and performing arts and such. On one of their tours they stopped at a young offenders institute for women and they put on a performance of Romeo and Juliet for a group of 16-17 year old girls. It was all going really well and the girls were enjoying and laughing through the first half - because really, the first half is pretty much a comedy - but as the play went on, things started to get quiet. Real quiet. Then it got up to the suicide scene and mutterings broke out and all the girls were nudging each other and looking distressed, and as this teacher observed them, he realised - they didn’t know how the play ended. These girls had never been exposed to the story of Romeo and Juliet before, something which he thought was impossible given how ubiquitous it is in our culture. I mean, the prologue even gives the ending away, but of course it doesn’t specify exactly how the whole “take their life” thing goes down, so these poor girls had no idea what to expect and were sitting there clinging to hope that Romeo would maybe sit down for a damn minute instead of murdering Paris and chugging poison - but BAM he died and they all cried out - and then Juliet WOKE UP and they SCREAMED and by the end of the play they were so upset that a brawl nearly broke out, and that’s the story of how Shakespeare nearly started a riot at a juvenile detention centre

Some of my Favourite Books of 2016

your fave is problematic: isak valtersen
  • pays real money to watch movies online
  • doesnt know the ending of romeo and juliet before watching the movie
  • mistreats school textbooks
  • goes to confront people & then cant make eye contact
  • apologizes to people in 3rd person
Advice from Shakespearean tragedies
  • Titus Andronicus: Don't kill your enemy's children.
  • Cymbeline: Don't try to kill your own children.
  • King Lear: Actually, that might not be such a bad idea.
  • Romeo and Juliet: Cry before making important decisions.
  • Antony and Cleopatra: Srsly tho.
  • Hamlet: Just not for too long.
  • Richard III: Don't kill your enemies.
  • Macbeth: Don't kill your friends.
  • Richard II: Actually, sometimes killing your frenemies is the most effectual policy
  • Othello: Don't trust your friends.
  • Timon of Athens: No, no, they don't really hate you...
  • Troilus and Cressida: Okay, maybe they do hate you.
  • Coriolanus: There is nothing outside of Rome. Rome is love. Rome is life.

Arnold quoting Romeo and Juliet before he killed himself….ford realizing he made a mistake, works to fix it all and continues Arnolds work, and finally kills himself in the exact same way and same place after Bernard quotes the same line of Romeo and Juliet…….are we still pretending this isn’t gay

I never thought I would have the urge to draw fan art for a Shakespearean play but here we are