This month we’ve done lots of Literary Paraphernalia posts featuring Shakespeare-related goods. This Friday we’re continuing that trend with a pretty cool collection of awesome things from Etsy.Com – from bags to tea to, well, there’s a hamster in there too. I’m not really sure what to classify that hamster as, except really damn adorable.
Did I use bling right? I’m pretty sure I did. Today we’re continuing our Shakespeare-themed Literature Paraphernalia posts with some cool Shakespeare jewelry. If you love The Bard of Avon, you’ll love these shiny trinkets as well.
I hear it’s pretty cold out there. Though most of our contributors are based on the West Coast, we do feel a pang of empathy for all of you readers dealing with this:
Cousin sent me this view of her house in Moncton, New Brunswick. pic.twitter.com/ACaaa8wFke
— Laura B. (@ABBestphotos) February 18, 2015
Seriously, what is this blasphemy?
The good news is that with weather like that, there’s plenty of time to get some reading done. And shopping, of the online variety. Below are some bookish socks and sweaters to help keep you warm.
I’m a fairly nontraditional person, so when it comes to romance, I go for nontraditional things too. Generally, I’m not one to celebrate Valentine’s day with a night out at an expensive restaurant, but I do still like to give gifts.
There are the traditional gifts, like roses and chocolate and teddy bears, but what fun are those? No, it’s way more fun to be offbeat for Valentine’s day than it is to be traditional.
That being said, guys and gals, here’s some cool offbeat Etsy.Com gear for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
(Don’t forget the ink)
For all you grammar gods and goddesses, we have more grammar gear for you to take a look at from Etsy.Com. Why so much grammar? Why not! We love grammar, we study grammar, and we use grammar every day. We might as well celebrate grammar as well.
Are you into grammar? Like, really, really into grammar? Does the misuse of they’re, their, there, your, you’re, it, it’s, who, whom, etc. really, really bother you? Are you an avid defender of the Oxford comma? Well, we have some awesome gear for you this week.
I’ve been told by more than one person that I’m not easy to shop for. I’m not a capitalist. I’m not a huge consumer. I won’t wait in line today on Black Friday. I won’t push and shove to get a gaming console or a huge discount on a pallet of makeup. I don’t wear makeup. I don’t care about fashion. I could give a shit about the latest pop culture trend. But I am a bookworm and a writer.
And so are other writers within this blog. Melanie, co-creator of The Poetics Project, started Literature Paraphernalia section of our blog. In this section are a lot of great lists of bookish items for the bookworm and/or writer in your life. If you’re looking for some great gift-giving ideas, these post are a really good place to start. Even picky people like me find things to fall in love with.
This bag, from JumpingJackalope on Etsy.com, is a bag I actually own. Melanie featured it in one of our blogs and I bought it for myself for school. It’s been a good book bag and has held up at school, but I did travel with it and it got a little beat up on the plane ride. I love the bag so much, though, that I’d be glad to own another and JumpkingJackalope is constantly updating her shop and adding more awesome bags.
William Faulkner, for those who haven’t studied American Literature, was a Nobel Prize-winning American author from Mississippi. He’s popular for such books as As I Lay Dying, A Fable, The Reivers, and The Sound and the Fury.
James Franco, actor and English Ph.D. candidate at Yale (which soon means he’ll be Dr. James Franco), is trying his hand at directing. He, like many other American Literature fans, enjoys William Faulkner’s work. He’s even directed a version of As I Lay Dying, which currently has a forty-one percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And now he’s planning on directing The Sound and the Fury, a novel often considered one of the top in the American literary canon. This is a sneak peak at the movie:
From that clip, I’m not too enthused about the movie. Hopefully it’s better received and reviewed than As I Lay Dying was.
While we’re all huge fans of literature and the idea of great canon from around the world being brought into mainstream culture, it’s not looking like James Franco will be the one to bridge that gap.
But, if you’re a fan of Faulkner, we don’t want to leave you empty handed. Below is a list of great Etsy items for the Faulkner fan that doesn’t care that The Sound and the Fury or As I Lay Dying aren’t great movies—because you already have the books.
Want to look literary this summer? You could always walk around with a book or two, or you could wear some awesome Shakespeare inspired shirts. If you’re interested in owning any of these shirts, click on the image and you’ll be taken to the Etsy.Com page where the shirts are for sale.
Our first shirt features a quote from Twelfth Night. Orsino is crushing hard on Olivia, and Olivia doesn’t return his sentiment so, of course, as any love struck person would do, Orsino listens to music while plotting a new way of winning Olivia’s favor. For more, read the play. To look cool, wear the shirt.
Beat the heat in this cropped shirt featuring none other than The Bard’s face. Wearing a dude’s face on your shirt is cool, right? I think so, at least.
Heck yes I do. I mean we do. I mean, you should wear this shirt because it’s cool. There’s just something about a man with a mastery of words that looks awesome on a t-shirt.
This slouchy-shirt is long sleeved, but will keep you cool nonetheless. Want to hear a funny story? I did this scene from Henry V in class, and I was playing Kate and my scene partner was playing Henry. We originally agreed to NOT do the kiss, and to capture the surprise that Kate would have when Henry kissed her without her permission, my scene partner did the same, in class, during our final. At least we got the A.
Happy National Poetry Month! To get you in the mood to celebrate this wonderful time of the year, we thought we’d share some Etsy gear inspired by some of our favorite poets.
Don’t be a nobody—or do. I think she preferred it if you are a nobody, actually. But be a nobody in an awesome Emily Dickinson tank top.