I put in enough hours earlier this week that I was going to have to take today off, anyway, to avoid going into overtime. And of course, since this week has been really busy (and fantastic) and exhausting (and awesome), I got sick.
Now, I’m sufficiently fueled by guilt that when I take a sick day, I typically get freaked out about even leaving the house to buy chicken soup and rent some movies. Because clearly, if I’m well enough to do that, why the hell am I not at the office? The great thing about already having the day off is that I could leave the house without fear. (Do others share this paranoia?)
Anyway, I picked up the first several episodes of the first season of Rome. I am an enormous fan of Mary Renault (though admittedly she is more about the Greeks) and I, Claudius, and I’m hoping this will sound some of the same notes.
Jim O.October 22, 2007 at 7:19 pm
I haven’t watched either “Mary Renault” or “I, Claudius”, but Kat and I just sprinted through both seasons of Rome and enjoyed it immensely. Well acted, well written, beautifully staged. It’s brutal in a number of ways, but felt authentic. (As if I would know what an authentic fall of a republic would be like. Oh…wait.) We’re sad it didn’t continue.
saraOctober 24, 2007 at 4:29 pm
I just got through the first season. Brutal indeed. I agree about the performances, and it’s gorgeous to look at. I’m not as in love with the writing, but I’ll definitely watch the second season.
I think you and Kat would love I, Claudius, and you might very well like Mary Renault, too — she has a bunch of fantastic historical novels, upon which I imprinted at an early age. Start with The King Must Die.
Joseph McBeeOctober 25, 2007 at 4:51 am
I know EXACTLY how you feel about being sick and feeling guilty. I am the same way. My Dad always told me that if I was sick I should go to school/work and then I would feel better. Now, I have to practically be entertaining Death himself before I feel I am sick enough to stay home from work. Ahh the baggage we carry from our youth.