Physics and phoenixes

The last twenty-four hours have been spent (pretty much) reading. Aphra Behn’s The Rover and Brecht’s Life of Galileo take up the main portion of this time – a particularly favourite citation from the latter being this:

FEDERZONI: You’ll be surprised: the crystal spheres don’t exist.
PHILOSOPHER: Any textbook will tell you that they do, my good man.
FEDERZONI: Right, then let’s have new textbooks.

– Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo

Brilliant play. Not sure how good it would be on the stage, but it read wonderfully… Why not see what else I’ve been reading recently?

Also managed to see a couple of plays at the week-long FreshFest on campus, special kudos points to the wonderfully witty, nuanced and delightfully understated “To Will”, which tickled my funny bone no end.


This is the plan for the Drama Ball. I have ordered the contact lenses already.

And now, I must go to sleep! This week, I have to write two essays, and I’m going to see three plays: Fool’s Gold, Rory Kinnear’s Hamlet (in Milton Keynes) and Antony and Cleopatra… Reviews to follow!



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