Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rosenkranz and Guildenstern are dead

"The hell we are! We both made movies just last year! And learn to spell while you're at it. Is everyone in the colonies as stupid as you?"

Not Rosencrantz, but German philosopher Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz was indeed born on this day in 1805. I'm sure some guy with the surname of Guildenstern was as well. Both are presumed dead.

"Er, what about me?"

What about you? You're dead, too.

"But my works aren't."

Good point.


okjimm said...

Hey, I'm familiar with Shakespeare!

it reads well

b said...

I really want to get that complete Pelican Shakespeare. God, I can't get enough poetry right now and Shakespeare needs a presence in my little world more than ever! Any chance we'll get more of your poetry up here again, soon? Please, please, please!!!!

And yes, okjimm... Shakespeare Stout is good stuff. Rogue Ales is pretty amazing!!

Utah Savage said...

Randal, you're one very strange intellectual. Proust is my muse. Pretty funny I know, considering my fiction, but a woman's muse is who he is. I can't change that now.

Mary Ellen said... cake. I guess I'll get by without it, but what about the ice cream? Not even a scoop of vanilla? Sigh...

I like Shakespeare but Dr. Seuss is so much easier to understand. I wonder what "Hop on Pop" would sound like in Renaissance vocab?

Dean Wormer said...


We all know Shakespeare didn't write all that stuff himself. It was his mistress. Or Francis Bacon or Marlowe.

But he was at the moon landing. That much is real.

Randal Graves said...

okjimm, something is empty in the bottle of my fridge.

b, it's a good edition. Each play has an introductory essay that goes on about the differences in the various editions and other sundry topics.

As for my junk, I put one up just last week or so!

utah savage, hey, watch that intellectual remark lest I be branded an elite. You know we can't bowl. I'm with you on the strange.

Don't mind the birthday posts, I do those when I can't think of anything to write about, which seems to be quite often.

As for Proust as muse, one should never have to apologize for that.

ME, vanilla? Only if there's also chocolate and strawberry!

Can we try Middle English instead? Lots o' weirdo spellings!

dean, now that's a load of hooey. Everyone knows that the moon landing was faked at Disneyworld and since Will worked at Burger King with Elvis and Hitler, how could he have possibly been there?

okjimm said...

//something is empty in the bottle of my fridge. //

Hark! What Light Through Yonder Fridge Breaks?

It is the yeast, and Juliet is the Mayo!

But the Shakespeare line I really liked was,

'Alas, poor Yorrick... I knew him, Fellatio..'

Boy&Howdy, that Spamlet sure was a sumptin' good play!!

gees, Avon Calling!

Dean Wormer said...


Will worked at Taco Bell not Burger King but let's just agree to disagree here, mmmkaayy?

Tom Harper said...

Guildenstern, yes, he came up with "der Projekt für eine neue deutsche Jahrhundert."

Or am I thinking of somebody else?

Randal Graves said...

okjimm, I think you've created a new genre of theatre, drunken Shakespeare.

dean, if you want to play the semantics game, fine. The moon landing was still fake, dagnabbit.

tom, oh, there are so many commandants behind such a Glorious Homage To Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer, no one man could conceive of it alone!

Anita said...

I have my opinions on the Shakespeare authorship debate. I guess I mostly fall on the side of the Oxfordians. However, in the end, who cares? For the average person it is irrelevant, really. Let the academics duke it out I say.

BUT, randal, Thou MUST check out the "Shakespeare Insulter" at:

Thou burly-boned clay-brained hugger-mugger!

Just kidding !!!!!!


okjimm said...

Wowsers, Anita...Whatta cool link!!! Gotta send it ta ma sister...she done be learning da kids Englash and about da Bard n' all! She Done teached me everyting I know! :)

Randal Graves said...

anita, I'm with you. I guess maybe I lean that way as well, and I'm certainly not against the discovery of actual fact, but, at the end of the day, the play's the thing.

Just kidding? Well, I say to you this: What, you egg! Young fry of treachery!

Candace said...

Hee-hee! "a whole new genre, drunken Shakespeare"
We actually made the pilgrimage to Avon country, and lemme tell ya, you'd have to be stone cold sober to negotiate those teeny-tiny stairs inside his house! 'Course, people were smaller then, but still...

Randal Graves said...

Macbeth can sound like Barney Gumble! And that's one reason to invent a time machine. Even I would be a giant back then. ;-)