Peter Rogers's Blog
Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth
Friday (1/29/10) 10:55am - ... wherein Peter posts the last batch of notes about The Arabian Nights.
Okay, I'm finishing off The Arabian Nights now, so here's one last batch of notes on it.
My previous notes on the book are here, here, and here.
- Other 'storytelling modes' I've seen in the stories:
- Reading a letter.
- Spinning out a hypothetical situation.
- i.e. "what *would* happen if I did <x>"
- Telling an elaborate lie about past events.
- Brief flashbacks.
- Neat quotes and phrases:
- "Peace be with you."
- "A mole like a disk of ambergris."
- "Caressed by the breeze"
- "As fair as pure silver"
- "As it had been foreordained"
- "Baghdad, the city of peace"
- Yeah, probably can't use that without distractingly-painful irony.
- Neat story elements:
- The rogue who's slept with every girl in the neighborhood
- The disguised caliph.
- How is it that nobody has narrated someone into massaging someone onstage yet?
- Or more precisely, how is it that nobody has covertly bribed a cast member into narrating somebody else into massaging them?
- Hiding in chests.
- The set has a big, hinge-topped box we can hide in. No one has hidden in it yet.
- Fava-bean sellers.
- (One of the stories features a fava-bean seller.)
contemplative · Music:
[technically the source material has only had foot rubs, but I think 'massage' is a fair extrapolation....]