Links of the week, 1/27/2012

This week: ranking Shakespeare’s tragedies, a full-length collaborative re-creation of Star Wars, and adorable photographs of prospective pets.

  • I’m really looking forward to seeing Ralph Fiennes’s new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. I can’t imagine that the play will be as brilliant as T.S. Eliot claimed, but Slate‘s article on his assessment of it and Hamlet is fascinating.
  • The Public Theater just announced that they’re doing Sondheim’s Into the Woods this summer! I’m so excited. My brother’s going to come visit, and we’re going to camp out in Central Park before dawn to get tickets, and then I’m going to sing “I Know Things Now” and “A Very Nice Prince” and “Moments in the Woods” and “Last Midnight” for weeks! I can’t wait! Exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point!
  • Star Wars Uncut, a full-length re-creation of the movie assembled from hundreds of amateur filmmakers’ fifteen-second contributions, is wildly inventive and endearing—and surprisingly timely, as Matt Zoller Seitz explains, using the project as a way to examine the problems with current copyright law.
  • A few studies and plenty of anecdotal data suggest that animal shelters can improve the likelihood that a dog or cat will be adopted by posting a flattering photo of it rather than a dim, depressing snapshot, so some professional photographers have begun volunteering their services. I’ve seen a few stories about their efforts—here’s a new one—but the pictures are always incredibly touching, especially when an animal is clearly not pet show material but so cute and lively and affectionate-looking nonetheless. (Via Jezebel.)

One Reply to “Links of the week, 1/27/2012”

  1. I am not convinced by Eliot’s argument in favor of “Coriolanus” over “Hamlet”. One line in particular is just baffling: “…more people have thought “Hamlet” a work of art because they found it interesting, than have found it interesting because it is a work of art.” Huh? I can’t judge “Coriolanus” because I have never seen it – never even had the chance to see it until this movie. On the other hand I have probably seen at least 10 productions of “Hamlet”. Surely that says something about the merits of the plays – and to me it makes a better argument than Eliot’s sophistry.

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