Monday, August 29, 2011

Suburbs of Our Discontent

Let's just put all that unpleasant stuff aside for now, shall we?

For me, the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream is a perfect fit for the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. There's Duke Theseus, fresh from his martial triumph over the Amazons, getting ready to wed the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta. "I wooed thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries," he says to her. "But I will wed thee in another key: with pomp, with triumph, and with reveling"! In other words: Forget all the bad stuff . . .Now it's time to party!

I thought about this scene as I enjoyed my own post-Irene reveling in the form of The U.S. Open, snarky tweets about last night's VMAs, and a perfectly cloudless day in Boston.

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