A Man’s Heart.
In the spirit of Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, this week I’ve made my own version of Banksy’s “Make Love Not War”. The original also conveniently pictures the protestor holding a bunch of flowers, helping me to seamlessly continue my puntastic bread based theme. It’s not that I am against making love, but if the love runs out you need an alternative to war, and I think bread is the logical choice.
It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So I hypothesise, that this in turn leads to love. Subsequently more bread, and then more love. A circle of sustainability, which avoids war and the keeps love alive.
To those of you that don’t believe that love can run out, I’d like to cite Eddie Izzard’s modern essay entitled “Cake vs Death”. Similar to love vs war, cake is the obvious choice, however the warden clearly says “We’re going to run out of cake at this rate” after only two costumers have chosen cake. I rest my case.
Potentially this is all a half-baked idea, but I think it has legs. On that note, I’ve been wondering this week whether the phrase “It has legs” refers to wine and so suggesting an idea of quality, or actual legs; suggesting the idea has the ability to lead somewhere. In truth neither are correct, and it refers to stability and endurance. Highly disappointing. Next week we explore the origins of “On that note” and “Pull your finger out”. There’s a cliffhanger for you…
28 Plays Later.
If you’ve read my previous blog posts you’ll know I have been taking part in a challenge to write a play every day of February. I’m pleased to say I’ve not been disqualified yet, and here are some recent highlights…
Last Request – a play that had to adhere to the following rules (which are in themselves better than what I actually wrote):
1. You must have 4 characters in the play – and the gender for 3 of them must be undefined! You can add two more – but only if they are not human.
2. One of the characters plays the banjo – really badly, and one character only speaks in rhyming couplets (can be the same if you like).
3. There must be a minimum of 3 pauses in the play, one of them must be a super long pause (think Pinter to the power of Pinter).
4. One of the characters has had relations with everybody else in the play (as well as characters that are mentioned but not seen).
5. Every line of dialogue must have one of the following: either 7 words, 12 words, 22 words, 29 words, 56 words or 99 words (you can punctuate as you like).
6. The play will contain three acts/scenes, but you can add one more if it’s a dream.
7. At some point, everybody on stage falls down to the ground.
8. Each scene/act must contain one person being told off for shouting (even though they didn’t shout), and another person revealing a big secret (even though it may not be true).
9. Each scene/act must have at least 10 lines of dialogue and 10 lines of actions.
10. Oh – and you must pick one letter of the alphabet (not Q, X or Z) for each character (each one can have a different one or the same) that they are not allowed to use in their dialogue at all.
Gut Wrench – read for yourself.
Date Night – check it out.
On the fence – Worrying doesn’t change anything. Is the same true of taking offence? Can you not just feel annoyed by something, rather than having to invest time and energy in taking offence all the time?
Next month is all about getting fit. In the absence of having to write a play each day, I have decided to attempt writing a song each day instead. To avoid a collection of musical nonsense there is one rule: no lyrics, no song. And on that note, here is something from this week without lyrics. Let’s just call it an idea.
And in final news, I saw Bon Iver live this week, and it was amazing! People seem to either love them, or have never heard of them. If you are in the latter camp, then here is an introduction for you: