This week, it’s a smattering of masters…of paint, of writing – of art.
Musings of Edgar Degas
Read by Xe Sands
For the past week+, I’ve been completed consumed with my current narration project, THE ART FORGER, by Barbara Shapiro, a wonderful book that I am beyond thrilled to be voicing. Despite being a “method narrator,” it’s actually quite rare for a project to get so under my skin that I begin seeing things in a different manner, start doing research born purely from a hunger to know more about something in the book. But this one did. I found myself spending hours online pouring through Degas’ paintings, looking at photos of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and dare I admit it? Yes, actually enjoying some time in a museum.
No, the world did not end while you were grabbing some coffee…I just got smacked with a literary glove of culture…So when it came to this week’s piece, I wanted to do something inspired by this journey…but the poetry I found was not public domain. Nor were there any easily accessible, complete letters from Degas. Hrumph, said I. However, there are numerous quote from him, so I have pieced together a snippet of musings, taking a wee bit of liberty I supposed…
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (from Macbeth), by William Shakespeare
Read by Diane Havens
I don’t know whether it’s the political season that brought to mind this quote from Shakespeare: “it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” — but I’ve long loved this short monologue Macbeth delivers near the end of the play when he learns of his wife’s death. It is a brief, poignant expression of utter despair given by a man so steeped in evil that life for him has become meaningless, now without his wife, the only one for whom he had any feeling left.
“Macbeth” is perhaps my favorite of all Shakespeare’s plays, not only because it is most visually engaging, with supernatural elements and dark, violent deeds, plot twists — all which make for very compelling theater — but because of the complexity in Macbeth’s character, a fully three-dimensional man that power and ambition has stripped of his humanity.
Tom Jones – Book 1, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.