Sunday, June 17, 2012
The Summer of Shakespeare is coming!
He is convinced that no one in high school even studies Shakespeare any more and that "things have changed since you were in school." (He's only five years younger than I am, so you can imagine how well that comment went over!) He said listening to me talk about the beauty and the richness of Shakespeare's language gave him new appreciation for the geeks who love to learn Klingon.
He is convinced that I am operating with a different set of cultural references than most people and even when I pointed out that practically every single news article on the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldman murder referenced Othello somewhere, stood firm.
"Why do you think William Shakespeare is the greatest English writer?"
I told him why but didn't convince him.
So, I started thinking about the question. I started thinking about how falling in love with Shakespeare informed my writing and enriched my life. And the result is going to be a summer long obsession with Shakespeare. No matter what else I post, there's going to be a whole lot of shak3-spearing goin' on. Hope you can join me.