Mai Yamani

Wednesday reading — Apollo and Dionysus

What I've been reading

I read American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, which is like the more pointed, political and popular version of Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America, both of which are excellent in their way.

I read The Scorpio Races, because I thought, I like Maggie Stiefvater! I like horses! However, it turns out that I am slightly less keen on terrifying man-eating horses, though. Even the "best" evil horse straight-up kills a dude and I'm just like, what the actual fuck? And I did like that Puck won the race with a nice normal vegetarian horse and proved everyone wrong, but even then it was so mean to her poor horse to even have her on that beach with the evil horses! Get off the evil horse island before you all die! But, I mean, I did still enjoy it. Because horses.

I read The Bacchae: a New Translation by Robin Robertson, which was an impulse check-out from the new books section at the library. I did like the translation, which seemed like it would be very well-suited to performance, and it has a nice introduction that talks about the meta nature of the play.

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