As with so many of my titles, I have misquoted a song lyric, this time by Men at Work. I frequently supply new lyrics to songs, and one time a student said to me in a rough and grating voice, “Those aren’t the words!” Yes, that was the point.
Anyway, today’s prompt asks who I might be in a book or film. The obvious answer is Faust. His story has consumed much of my life, and it’s the first one to come to mind. But do I really want to enter into a pact with the devil for more knowledge? Well, maybe…I did go to grad school, after all; there are similarities.
My next thought is Prospero from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I directed the show a couple of years ago, and cast myself in that role. That helped me remember why I should never cast myself in a show I’m directing. Still, being the magical stage director who manipulates the people around him to deliver the desired result is a great role and one I’d like to repeat (if I could still remember lines).
Finally, I’d love to be someone in one of the early novels of Neal Stephenson. I’m not so enamored of his later and more recent works, but Snow Crash, Diamond Age, and the Baroque Cycle all seem like fun worlds to inhabit. I wouldn’t pick a specific character (and I’d need to reread them to figure that out) but just to move about in those worlds would be most entertaining.
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