Archive | September 3, 2019

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 55: The Winter’s Tale

In his favourite author he is not shocked with the continual breaches of probability, the confusion of times, the offences against manners, the trampling upon geography; for he knows nothing of geography and chronology, and he has never examined the grounds of probability. He perhaps reads of a shipwreck on the coast of Bohemia; wholly taken up with so interesting an event, and only solicitous for the fate of his hero, he is not in the least troubled at this extravagant blunder. For why should he be shocked at a shipwreck on the coast of Bohemia, who does not know but that Bohemia may be an island in the Atlantic ocean?
— Edmund Burke

Shakespeare wrote several plays about shipwrecks; in addition to The Tempest (yesterday’s Middelboeverse entry), there’s also Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, A Comedy of Errors, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

I’d intended to follow up yesterday’s The Tempest with the Middelboeverse version of Twelfth Night, but it doesn’t seem to be available online.

However, there’s also a Middelboeverse version of The Winter’s Tale (“Shakespeare: The Animated Tales,” 1992), and that one is online, so here ya go:

As for the Middelboeverse Twelfth Night (likewise “Shakespeare: The Animated Tales,” 1992), you can at least see some clips from it in this compilation:

SciFi SongFest, Songs 145-148

For starters, three songs about … well, people and/or things in space. That’s all I’ve got.

145. Leslie Fish, “Wobblies From Space” (1977):

146. Mel Brooks, “Jews In Space” (1981; from History of the World, Part I):

147. Super Furry Animals, “(Drawing) Rings Around the World” (2001):

And as a bonus:

148. Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff, “Midichlorian Rhapsody” (2010):

I would have included this next one with August 27’s Star Wars songs if I’d known about it. (CHT Paul Rubin.)

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