The Bacchae by Euripedes, translated by Robin Robertson. Play about the arrival of the ecstatic god Dionysus in Thebes. Been meaning to read this for a while since I saw the superb adaptation The Lightning Child at the Globe: this seems to have followed the original more closely than I thought, apart from doing the more brutal stuff on stage.
Seems like a good, flowing translation. Was particularly good on the irony as the upcoming deaths are foreshadowed.
I think this play definitely works better when you know what's coming up, as the original audience did. Still not sure about Shakespeare where he did change established endings.
What I'm Reading 2
Finished the Jack Reacher thriller One Shot by Lee Child. This is the one that got made into a movie starring a miscast Tom Cruise as the tall burly avenger/investigator. Decent entry in the series with a well set up mystery, though I'm not sure why they picked this over some of the earlier ones.
I liked the playing against type where the ex-Marine sniper who help out refuses to shoot too near civilians, turns out not to have any extra weapons, and hates driving a Humvee.
What I'm Reading 3
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is Lord Dunsuny-inspired fairytale about a young man journeying into fairyland in pursuit of a falling star.
Got this as a free Kindle book, but didn't really get into it. Felt like it veered a bit too much between twee fairytale stuff and more realistic modes. Still, worth every penny. Others may well like it mor. I think it depends on your personal levels of suspension of disbelief
Socioeconomics. The fall of the skilled worker. Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist. Regulation is positively correlated economic dynamism. Taxes are positively correlated with economic freedom.
Random. Mingering Mike: the soul singer who never existed. Soviet homemade car. How to roast meat on a spit. Quiz: North Korean Slogan or TED Talk Sound Bite? Arithmographe: 1699 mechanical calculator.
Articles. Don't judge a book by its author.
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