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Mothers of self-invention

I issued the usual complaint to my wife: “I don’t know what to write about.” Henry VIII was in the books but no inspiration was coming to me. I had come down with a bad case of PPMD: Post-play Moping Disorder. Symptoms include: writer’s...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 14 Mar 2017

The rest is…definitely not silence

On January 10, 2016, I set out to read the complete works of William Shakespeare – every last iamb thought to come from his quill – in 2016. I didn’t technically finish before 11:59:59 on December 31, but the spirit of my goal, I trust...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 7 Jan 2017

More from Shakespeare Confidential

Shakespeare waits for no one, but life doesn’t. Shakespeare Confidential – i.e., my Bard-logged brain – has been enjoying a brief respite with some family in town. I’ve been long overdue in sharing some of my other Shakespeare...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 2 Sep 2016

This is your brain on Shakespeare

I’m 21 plays into my year of reading Shakespeare. But each time I crack into a new play, the process is the same: I run through the Persons of the Play only to instantly forget who’s the daughter of which duke and which servant is attending...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 28 Jul 2016

The big 400

Today’s the big day. Shakespeare died 400 years ago this April 23. It’s sort of morbid, don’t you think, to celebrate his death-day? Well, I’ve been criminally behind in writing up Titus Andronicus. Maybe it’s just so violent...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 23 Apr 2016

A heavy lift: traveling with the Bard

I’m a bit sore today, thanks to Shakespeare. My wife and I have made our big move at last, staying for a week or so in Oxford, England before our final destination, Dublin. Yes, there was the sardine-canned, 10-hour flight from Los Angeles to London....
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 20 Apr 2016

Hard copies, soft selves

Maybe egg cartons or coffee cup sleeves? Cardboard boxes, envelopes? I wonder what they’ll become, those hundreds and hundreds of pages, those thousands and thousands of words. I dump load after load of papers I’ve written down the recycling...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 24 Feb 2016

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