Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Revisiting Great Myths + Musical Comedy

Day 141 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and Nancy is reading Ransom, by David Malouf, a novel based on events in The Iliad of Homer.

Some other readers of this blog have also had a wonderful time reading this book, seeing these characters come alive again, and Judy B wants to read it next, too!

Not too far back, I revisited the Achilles/Hector/Patroclus moment of the Trojan War in the Robert Fagles translation of the The Iliad, with a Great Books discussion group in Chicago. The same group also discussed sections of the Fagles translation of The Odyssey, too, or we were going to, as I have a copy of it, as well as a copy of the Robert Fitzgerald translation...or they did, and I didn't get to that meeting. Anyway, the great myths persist inside me.

And inside my kids, too, thanks to re-tellings of all the great myths and Bible stories...on The Simpsons. Sigh.... The Simpsons also provides my kids' main contact with the great musical comedies of my youth. Double sigh....(for youth and musical comedy).

Speaking of revisiting, I finally managed to create a "blog roll," or blog list, in my case, since I am using an older editor at Blogger, as I learned through trial and repeated error. (A funny thing happened on the way to the blog list.....Triple sigh... Anyhoo!)

Under the Blog Archive list of past entries is a list of Blogs I Love to Visit, which will appear in the order of the most recent posting. There are other blogs I love to visit, and others I follow, but some are highly specialized, some are more private or family-oriented, and some I just haven't added yet.

You can click the latest entry in a blog on this list and get a new window! Different from clicking the links here, which take you away and you have to click the back button to...get back. (Beatles song!) Probably there is a way to change that--maybe not, with the old blogger editor--but I am technology challenged.

And logic challenged. But mythologically sound.