Saturday, February 16, 2013

From Act 1 Scene 1

Hey all, I have just started rereading AMND for our discussion, so I'll be posting quotes as I go. Here's something from Act 1 Scene 1:
Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste;
Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste;
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguil'd.


Hello! You have now found the blog that we, the moderators of FFP's April 2013 book discussion, have decided to put up.

And what is the book up for discussion? Obviously, A Midsummer Night's Dream by none other than our man, Will Shakespeare. (Yes, the moderators are Shakespeare fans.)

In fact, we took on this task because we wanted to infect the other members of our book club, Flips Flipping Pages, or other people who want to join this discussion with the same love and devotion to the Bard. If that doesn't happen, we'll take a laugh or two at least, during any of the play's comic scenes.

So, a few initial details. You'll find the face-to-face discussion schedule and other planned activities at the Schedule of Activities tab. Wondering where it will be and who can join? Or where you can get copies of the book? Just head on over to the FAQ.

And want to know where else the discussions are happening? You can visit the FFP thread on Shelfari or the event page on Facebook.

Why this blog then, you might wonder? Well, we, the mods, want to share a lot of things about Shakespeare and hopefully generate a lot of curiosity, interest, and discussion. And though there are more people on Facebook, it unfortunately sucks as a platform for archiving things. So, we want a more permanent repository of our material and discussion. Something that allows embedding video and links (unlike Shelfari, dear unfortunate mothership). We'll let discussions happen wherever they happen, but at least we can gather all material here. And maybe even post a reflection or two.

The rest, we'll figure out along the way. We're having a hard time trimming down what we'd like to do, actually. So, soon as we get to somewhere realistic, we'll let you know.

In the meantime, go read the book, foolish mortal!:)