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Happy Death Day, Shakespeare! You’re 396 Years Young (Dead), I’m Sure You Look Terrible!

So it’s Shakespeare’s deathday (his Christening day is Thursday; we don’t know his birthday, but it was probably a week or so ago). In honor of this auspicious holiday I drew this horrible likeness of the Bard in paint: Per … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Indestructible Shakespeare

“Shakespeare is adamantine. No matter what we do, we can’t fuck him up.” -John Logan Logan is the playwright and screenwriter who adapted Shakespeare’s Coriolanus for the screen. The above quote comes from a nice bit in this week’s New … Continue reading

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How Shakespeare Changed Everything, by Stephen Marche

How Shakespeare Changed Everything, Stephen Marche. Harper, 2011. 224 pages. I’d heard some positive noise about Marche’s book, and at first glance that noise seemed well-founded. Marche clearly loves Shakespeare and wants to share his excitement with the rest of … Continue reading

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Murderers Playing Murderers: Hamlet in Prison

Did you guys hear last week’s This American Life? It was a rerun from 2002, but still, so good! It tells the story of Hamlet, Act V, performed by convicted felons in a maximum security prison in Missouri. Prison rules … Continue reading

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Locker Room Talkin’ With the Gods

Reading Homer the other day I thought of this from Kate Beaton: I suppose ancient Greece is as good a place as any to find bawdy humor. Here’s the whole story of Mars and Venus from The Odyssey, Book VIII, … Continue reading

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