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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

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part 3

January 4 Words, words, words. (2.2.192) It was my father’s birthday. From the basement, where the guest suite is, I heard him come home from work. He sounded tired. It sounded like a long day. I heard him answer a FaceTime video with my oldest...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 21 Feb 2017

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part

December 31 – January 1 Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio – a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred my imagination is!…Where be your gibes now, your...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 20 Feb 2017

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part 1

December 28 O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (2.2.527) “I think I’m going to switch back to beer,” I announced, not they cared. My wife, brother, and I were chatting after our Christmas dinner, observed. In the fridge, there...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 19 Feb 2017

Balcony scenes: Romeo and Juliet

1.1Outside Capulet’s house When I cupped her boob, laughter erupted. “What’s so funny?” I asked my friend. “You’re standing, like, five feet away from her,” he said. His father thrust his hips back and shot...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 9 Feb 2017

Past, present, and macaroni salad: Henry VIII

“We’ve got…,” I said with a suspenseful pause as I pulled tupperware out of the reusable grocery bag, “Monte Cristo sandwiches and macaroni salad.” “Holy shit. Thanks, man,” my friend said.  “Thank...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 2 Feb 2017

Goddamnit, Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece

“Do you ever get sick of Shakespeare?” my sister-in-law asked me. It was late morning, an unusually rainy day. I was sitting in a reclining chair, Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis open on my lap, and I was making absolutely no progress...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 18 Jan 2017

Just get on with it already: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost was my final comedy. I wasn’t sure I’d make it through all Shakespeare’s comedies, to be honest. There are 13 of them, by Norton’s classification, the most of any genre. Some of these plays are...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 12 Jan 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

Twelfth Night, Or the Five Stages of Trying Not to Sound Like a Douchebag

When I started reading the complete works of Shakespeare this year, I was more eager to write about the plays than read them. Now, almost a year later, a few mere plays and a handful of poems from the end, I am putting off writing to read. The year is...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 18 Dec 2016

Home stretches

Three plays left. Three, freakin’ plays. Romeo and Juliet. Edward III, which Shakespeare is believed to have collaborated on. My edition of The Norton Shakespeare does not include this play, although subsequent editions have. Joy. More reading....
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 16 Dec 2016

Harrumphing Hellenes and house-hunters: Troilus and Cressida

Me, shouting from upstairs to my wife in the kitchen: “Because African leopards are going extinct! Because facts are going extinct! Because, because…bullshit!” Thersites, railing against Patroclus: “The common curse of mankind,...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 7 Dec 2016

Hearing heirs: The Tempest

My nephew waved his chubby fingers at the camera. He smiled and then stared, transfixed, as babies are, as we all are, at the moving images and intermittent sounds from the iPad. Over 3500 miles away, he was basking in the center of attention at a belated...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 28 Nov 2016

Shakespeare, Trump, and radical experiments of self-government: The Winter’s Tale

I’ve been preoccupied with two people this year. The first, of course, is William Shakespeare. The other, alack, is Donald Trump. I’ve avoided writing about the latter. It’s not that I don’t see the man everywhere in Shakespeare’s...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 14 Nov 2016

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”: Macbeth, mortality, and mantras

With a jaunty jump, I burst into the bedroom, my arms theatrically outspread: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.” My wife looked up from her iPad, startled. She was enjoying a lazy Sunday morning in bed. I had just finished Macbeth. “Tomorrow,...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 9 Nov 2016

Tampons, induced vomiting, and Shakespeare’s King John

He greeted me as he always does when I come home. Through the frosted glass of the front door, I could see him perched atop the shoe bench, a shaggy black mass shimmying in excitement as I unlocked the door. He twirled. He jumped. I gave him some pets....
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 23 Oct 2016

The Merchant, er, Mooch, of Venice

“I will do anything, Nerissa, ere I will be married to a sponge,” Portia tells her personal assistant early on in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (1.2.83). This sponge is one of her suitors, a heavy-drinking German. But she does...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 15 Oct 2016

Sitcom chivalry: The Two Noble Kinsmen

And they say chivalry is dead. I’m not talking about holding the door open for women. Nor standing up when they enter or leave the room. Picking up the check at dinner? Nah. Walking closest to the curb. Un-uh. I’m talking about ruining holiday...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 12 Oct 2016

That merry wanderer of my life: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I recently read that A Midsummer Night’s Dream – with the mischief its fairies wreak on the young lovers and the play the bumbling workmen stage for the newlywed duke and duchess – is currently the most performed of Shakespeare’s...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 5 Oct 2016

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