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Stairs of Nerdy Awesomeness!

I love this staircase. I want a staircase that I can do this to:

However, after staring at this picture for hours, I can’t decide what titles I would want to put there.

  • Should you go with classics so your friends are impressed?
  • Should you choose your favorite books so that you smile a ton whenever you look at the bookcase?
  • Should you stick to a genre or niche?

Which would you choose?

I feel like classics are the easiest, because there are so many that us nerds have been forced to read. I know Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte would be on my classic book-staircase, along with Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Does Agatha Christie count as classic yet? Because I’d love to throw her in the mix, too.

I would probably have the most fun with favorites, but it leaves one open to so much judgement. My case would have Kurt Vonnegut (I can’t decide if I would choose Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, or Mother Night because I love them all), Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, something from Shel Silverstein, The Princess Bride by William Goldman (if you’ve only seen the movie, you are missing out: check out the book), and probably a bunch of autobiographies by comedians (Kathy Griffin, John Leguizamo, etc). I’m also loving Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury… but I haven’t finished it yet. Actually, I’m such a nerdy bibliophile that I would probably change a stair every time I completed a book.

If I chose a genre or a niche, I would absolutely do theater! I would have something from Oscar Wilde, Christopher Durang, Sarah Ruhl, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler… oh I feel like I could go on and on mixing classic and modern pieces.

In all honesty though, for me, I would never be happy with a staircase that didn’t include both Vonnegut and Wilde. I hate Wilde’s prose (I have been struggling with Dorian Grey for like a year now) and I hate Vonnegut’s play (don’t waste your time on Happy Birthday, Wanda June! Seriously, it’s pretty terrible). I’d probably have the weirdest mix, but it would make me happy (and probably confuse everyone else).

What would you choose: classics, favorites, a niche/genre, or a weird mix? Which books would you most want to include? 

Flowchart for Summer Reading

Let’s be real, if you’re reading my blog, there is a really good chance that you’re a bit on the nerdy side and like to read (as do I). I feel this way because these are some of my most popular posts:

So I’m thinking that you may really enjoy this flowchart from Teach.com (and even if you like it here, you might want to click on the link because I’m sure they would love the page views, too):

So what do you think? Did this help you add any books to your summer reading list? I sure added some to mine.

 

 

Oppressive Theater

It has been a really rough week for me. I’m used to being busy and being stressed and all of that, but I had a bit of a mental break that I wasn’t expecting to need!

One of my classes this semester is primarily text-based and therefore means a lot of homework. We read about 4 plays per week which severely limits my reading for enjoyment. Typically, I find reading plays enjoyable though! However, I realized last night that we haven’t read a single comedy. In fact, most of it has been really dark. I’ve read a play where a mother kills her son as legitimately the “humane option,” I’ve read lots of plays where women kill themselves… or others…, plays about war, plays about how God doesn’t love us anymore, etc. Really chipper stuff.

Last night’s class was regarding Revolutionary Theatre. We read Dutchman and The Slave by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, which had to do with fighting racism in the 1960s… but like literally fighting racism, as in: let’s start a race war! And Information for Foreigners by Griselda Gambaro which was about Argentina’s “Dirty War” where literally thousands of people just went missing and disappeared off the face of the planet forever. And we read a theory book by Augusto Boal entitled Theatre of the Oppressed. See what I mean about chipper?

Last night, I stayed up until 2 am because I couldn’t stop myself from watching Being Elmo, a documentary (on Netflix instant streaming, in case you need the same pick me up) about Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo.

I’m about a minute too old to have watched Elmo on Sesame Street; he wasn’t a character when Sesame Street was teaching me the alphabet and how to count to 10. But I still love me some Jim Henson… so I gave the documentary a try. It got me, hook, line, and sinker. I couldn’t stop watching. I really needed it! Kevin Clash is an adorably sweet man.

And I realized, a nice break from oppressive theater is a fuzzy, red monster!

And now I’m off to read about drug dealers and taking advantage of women’s bodies… woo!

But let me leave you with a more positive parting thought, one of my favorite sentiments from Jim Henson:

How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art.
~ Kermit the Frog

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