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October 8, 2008 | 10:04am
Mood: disco
Music: Surkin - Next of Kin

Okay, I'm going to be blunt here: I fucking hate Russian Drama. With very few exceptions, I hate all of the plays we've read. Coincidentally, the few plays I've enjoyed are also the ones that Dr. J hates, and therefore we barely discuss them. I just can't get into the plays. I have trouble visualizing them, and when a playwright deliberately writes his plays to make absolutely no sense (and yes, Chekhov, I'm looking at you), well, that just makes matters worse.

Talking about Chekhov: I fucking hate him. I liked "The Bear" - while a bit obvious, it was humorous. But his big plays ("Uncle Vanya", "The Seagull", "Three Sisters") - they are awful. Awful awful awful. I just don't understand why people enjoy his plays. They aren't particularly unique or well-written, nothing of substance ever happens, and his plots are convoluted to the point of being incomprehensible. This is not art! This is a motherfucking play! Christ.

Of course, I feel like an idiot for not liking Chekhov. I mean, he's THE Russian playwright. Half of you probably read his plays in high school and loved them. But he just isn't clicking for me, and that's just driving me insane. In previous semesters, when I took other Russian lit or film classes, it felt as if every day I was discovering a new favorite book or film. This semester, I'm discovering new reasons to hate plays and acting. That's kind of frustrating.

Sunday I went to Amanda's flute recital, studied, and read. Monday I studied some more, took, and miserably failed my Russian test. Well, okay, I don't think I failed it, but I don't think I did so hot either. Oh, and I got my grade on my speech - an A. Hot damn.

Monday night/Tuesday morning I worked and studied some more. Tuesday morning I slept, went to campus, read my e-mail - and discovered that Dr. J cancelled Russian Drama, so I didn't need to come to campus. Very lame. So I went home and slept for a few hours, and then watched Vanya on 42nd Street for my Drama class. I need to write a paper on it. Sucks that it was such a shitty movie.

Three spiders dead in three days. That brings the total to 20-25 in the last month. Fuck I hate spiders.

Today I'm just going to classes and zoning out. It's obviously time for the semester to end.

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from: brittnik
date: October 8, 2008 07:18pm (UTC)

I have not read any of Chekhov's plays, sad to say. but I enjoy his short stories. if I was more familiar with his plays I'd probably be a better person to discuss this with.

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from: aodh
date: October 9, 2008 07:41pm (UTC)

Odds are his short stories suck too, so I think it still counts. ;)

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from: aodh
date: October 9, 2008 07:46pm (UTC)

Eh, I hadn't read Chekhov before this class, but apparently everyone else did. So maybe we're both just misfits?

Vanya on 42nd Street has Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn, and Brooke Smith (from Grey's Anatomy). Individually the actors are okay, but the play sucks and they can't save it.

The spiders are getting ridiculous. I'm this close to burning down the goddamn building. :/

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