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  • Who was Shakespeare? Could The Author Have Been A Woman?

    05/10/2019 10:07:23 PM PDT · by OddLane · 71 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 2019 | Elizabeth
    On a spring night in 2018, I stood on a Manhattan sidewalk with friends, reading Shakespeare aloud. We were in line to see an adaptation of Macbeth and had decided to pass the time refreshing our memories of the play’s best lines. I pulled up Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy on my iPhone. “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” I read, thrilled once again by the incantatory power of the verse. I remembered where I was when I first heard those lines: in my 10th-grade English class, startled out of my adolescent stupor by this woman...
  • Review: ‘The Screwtape Letters’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre

    02/22/2019 10:54:32 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    DC Metro ^ | 30 January 2019 | By John Stoltenberg
    When the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” comes on the pre-show soundtrack, it’s a tipoff that C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is going to be a diabolically delightful evening of theater and infernally amusing. The script is deftly adapted for the stage by Max McLean (who also directs) and Jeffrey Fiske from Lewis’ popular epistolary novel wherein the moral universe is turned upside down: God is “The Enemy” and the Devil-in-chief is “Our Father.” The Screwtape Letters is obliquely a story about the vicissitudes of faith and the joke is that it’s set in Hell, where Screwtape is a...
  • Dr Who (David Tennant) - Carol of the Birds - Chip Davis

    12/14/2018 10:23:42 AM PST · by mairdie · 20 replies
    "Carol of the Birds" by Chip Davis, from the David Tennant Dr Who episode, "The Shakespeare Code." The time travel, costume episodes are among my favorites. And another of my favorite historical episodes, "Vincent" by Don McLean for Vincent Van Gogh.
  • I Come to Apologize for Trump, Not to Praise Him (satire)

    09/03/2018 11:17:41 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 19 replies
    We come off a Labor Day weekend when ex-Presidents and Media have colluded with Senator McCain’s last wishes to use a solemn funeral to unleash a dishonorable political attack on President Trump. Further, they heaped great disrespect on our Vice President and members of Trump’s family who attended the funeral. Perhaps it’s now time to expose the failures of the ex-Presidents who have opening rebuked We-the-People’s POTUS on a day that is supposed to honor a dead Senator. So they want a funeral, huh?   How about a funeral pyre to burn all the unkept promises of thse past...

    12/16/2016 1:32:14 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 12/14/2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Ignorance Cultural Revolution continues. The glorious cultural warriors against literacy have triumphed at the University of Pennsylvania where Shakespeare was declared a non-person and purged by what was formerly known as the English Department. Then he was swiftly replaced with an angry black illiterate lesbian racist womanist.
  • Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in The Park That Shows Trump Assassination

    06/12/2017 6:45:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/12/17 | Kate Feldman
    Delta Airlines and Bank of America pulled out of their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday over a production of “Julius Caesar” that re imagines the main character as President Trump. Shortly after Delta, who was a four-year sponsor, made its announcement, Bank of America yanked its support as well. The Shakespeare in the Park play tells the story of the leader assassinated by Roman senators over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, but rather than the original setting, the production stages Caesar (Gregg Henry) and his wife, Calpurnia, (Tina Benko) with Donald and Melania Trump lookalikes....
  • Shakespeare Would Defend Trump

    06/19/2017 5:34:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American ^ | June 19, 2017 | James Lewis
    If Shakespeare were alive today, he would instantly recognize the New York Times and its treasonous ilk, because Shakespeare feared nothing more than treason and civil war -- which is exactly what happened to the Roman Empire after the plotters stabbed Julius Caesar to death in the Forum. In our Civil War, a war fought about the Constitution and freedom, 600,000 people died; it was far and away our worst war, and today's demagogues are still trying to twist the reality of that war to sucker all the airheads of the left. In American history it was the Democrats, of...
  • Osama bin Laden's hatred of West developed after visiting Shakespeare's birthplace

    11/03/2017 7:08:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2 November 2017 | Jason Burke and Kareem Shaheen
    Osama bin Laden’s distaste for western culture grew when he visited the UK as a teenager, newly released documents have revealed....“We went every Sunday to visit Shakespeare’s house," bin Laden wrote of his travels to the UK as a teenager. "I was not impressed and I saw that they were a society different from ours and that they were a morally loose society.” He added: “I got the impression that they were a loose people, and my age didn’t allow me to form a complete picture of life there.”
  • Shakespeare on Our ‘Scurvy Politicians’

    09/21/2016 12:54:59 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Sept 2016 | MICHAEL JUDGE
    I’ll leave it to you to match today’s politicians with the quotes that best suit them: 1) “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (“Hamlet”) 2) “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” (“Hamlet”) 3) “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.” (“King Lear”) 4) “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” (“Macbeth”) 5) “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” (“Richard II”) 6) “Plain and not honest is too harsh a style.” (“Richard III”) 7) “The commonwealth is sick of their own choice.” (“Henry IV, Part II”) 8) “Virtue is...
  • If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer would have been for literature

    04/22/2018 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/21/18 | Dotun Adebayo
    If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer would have been for literature. When will the education system wake up to black creativity? I can’t help thinking that the Pulitzer prize committee missed a trick in their award to the rapper Kendrick Lamar this week. If they had given him the Pulitzer for literature rather than for music it would have elevated his artform and sent a message that would have resonated around the world: that rap is a legitimate form of poetry and should be put on a par with, and treated with the same deference as, Shakespeare and...
  • Teens screen out nature’s wonders

    04/19/2018 5:18:27 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 4/17/2018 | Jack Malvern
    William Shakespeare knew well enough the frustrations of bringing up teenage children. “I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty,” he wrote in The Winter’s Tale. “For there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.” Now parents have united online in annoyance at adolescents “wronging the ancientry”, posting pictures of their offspring ignoring their beautiful surroundings in favour of their mobile phone screens. It started with a tweet by the comedian David Baddiel, who shared a picture of his son, Ezra, 13, studying his phone while perched on a...
  • Vault believers want new dig (“secret vault” of Sir Francis Bacon)

    08/20/2006 12:15:31 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 29 replies · 3,173+ views
    The Virginia Gazette ^ | 20 Aug 2006 | Steve Vaughan
    WILLIAMSBURG — Advocates of our version of “The DaVinci Code” were back in town Friday, calling for another excavation to locate the “secret vault” of Sir Francis Bacon, which they still allege is buried beneath the churchyard of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. It is a replay of a saga from 14 years ago that put the church in an awkward position of dispelling some very weird myths. A media circus resulted. The story propagated by Sir Francis Bacon's Sages of the Seventh Seal has all the elements of Dan Brown's theological thriller. The Bacon story relies on a conspiracy theory...
  • Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

    02/18/2018 12:09:16 PM PST · by onedoug · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 7 2108 | MICHAEL BLANDING
    For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays. The news has caused Shakespeareans to sit up and take notice.
  • 'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

    08/25/2017 9:27:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | August 24, 2017 | COLIN DWYER
    If Angelenos know one truth, it may well be this: There is absolutely no love lost between the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. In the classroom, on the football field, around campus — few places escape the pervasive sway of LA's great rivalry. But this week, the battle has found a new theater: the proper spelling of Shakespear(e). See, USC recently unveiled one of the most ambitious projects it has ever embarked upon: USC Village, a $700 million, 15-acre development that opened earlier this month to great fanfare. And towering over it all is a...
  • Shakespeare may have been gay, says artistic director of RSC [Royal Shakespeare Company] [ed]

    07/22/2017 2:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2017 | Staff
    William Shakespeare may have been gay, the artistic director the Royal Shakespeare Company has suggested, and directors can no longer hide the sexuality of his homosexual characters.
  • London School Asks Pupils to Write A Suicide Notes for Homework (literary exercise)

    06/26/2017 1:25:04 PM PDT · by johnk · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 JUNE 2017 • 5:28PM | Harry Yorke
    A secondary school has been forced to apologize to parents after an English teacher asked students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a module on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. More than 60 pupils at Thomas Tallis school, Kidbrooke, London were asked to pen an imaginary final note after reading one of the play’s most celebrated scenes, when Lady Macbeth takes her own life. Having conspired with her husband to murder King Duncan, Lady Macbeth commits suicide by “self and violent hands” after being driven mad by guilt and violent imagery of his murder. The pupils were asked...
  • 2017: Right Splits over Civil Disobedience, Left Splits over Political Violence

    06/18/2017 5:58:18 PM PDT · by Bratch · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 18, 2017 | Ezra Dulas
    [...] The New Political Landscape Two parties — Republicans and Democrats — still essentially rule American politics, but their constituencies are becoming more tribal and divided, even against their electoral allies. Trump voters hate Republican lawmakers, such as Sens. John McCain and Ben Sasse, for publicly attacking the president and his agenda during and after the 2016 election. Democrats are still picking up the pieces from a contentious DNC leadership race, where establishment-friendly Obama ally Evan Perez narrowly defeated far-left Rep. Keith Ellison. These same divisions play out in cultural institutions, such as the social justice warriors purging classical liberal professor Bret...
  • “Climate Change” is Our New Wizard of Oz

    06/17/2017 5:25:13 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 15 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 6.17.2017 | David Blackmon
    A ship filled with Canadian “Climate Change” researchers, whose goal was to study the reasons for the largely mythical “melting” of Arctic ice (Arctic sea ice extent is virtually unchanged since 2006), was forced to abandon its mission when it was prevented from launching its expedition as it was stuck in port for two solid weeks due to…wait for it…wait for it…TOO MUCH ICE! I swear I don’t make this stuff up. Naturally, the “scientists” spent their two weeks stuck in port devising a rationalization to blame their problem on…wait for it…CLIMATE CHANGE! Holy cow. But hey, it’s not just...
  • 'Julius Caesar' to continue despite mounting controversy

    06/15/2017 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Religion and Politics · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 14, 2017 | Linda Massarella
    A modern production of “Julius Caesar” — with an actor made up as Donald Trump getting offed onstage — will continue to play in Central Park as scheduled, the theater company said. The production — part of the annual Shakespeare in the Park series — has been ripped by the White House since it was mounted Sunday.
  • Taxpayers Give $30 Million so NYC’s Shakespeare Festival can Assassinate Trump Onstage

    06/13/2017 3:53:41 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 06/13/2017 | Trey Sanchez
    What a deal! After learning that an actor dressed to look just like his father gets brutally murdered on stage in a production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Donald Trump, Jr. asked, “I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers?" Well, thanks to some digging by Adam Andrzejewski, founder of the federal watchdog, we now know the answer: "Data at shows that over $4.1 million in federal, state and city grants funded the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF) – the parent company to Public Theater and its production, Shakespeare in the Park – over the...