OK, I’m a fan of The Clash. The only band that matters. One of the few regrets in my life is that I never got to see them live. One of their great songs is “Clampdown.”
And the first words that Joe Strummer sings in the song are: “What are we gonna do now?”
And that’s where I am today.
The Tempest has blown over. The Project, as originally envisioned, is finished.
So what now?
I could start again from the top, hit them in a more genre-centric approach (rather than the pseudo-chronological I attempted this time).
I could read the plays not part of the “official” Canon–the ones for which he was a collaborator or contributor rather than main playwright. Those would include:
- Edward III
- Arden of Faversham
- Sir Thomas More
- Henry VIII
- The Spanish Tragedy
- The Two Noble Kinsmen
- The Tragedie of Sejanus
Or I could hit the Sonnets.
Or I could try the narrative poems:
- Venus and Adonis
- The Rape of Lucrece
- The Passionate Pilgrim
- A Lover’s Complaint
I could just take a break, focus on finishing the Masters and that Westworld presentation for the Popular Culture Association conference.
I figure I’m going to make my decision in the next week or so, and kick off whatever the future may bring on the first of February…