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10 Books That Wouldn’t Exist Without Flann O’Brien.

If this were 10 Books That Wouldn’t Exist Without Shakespeare or Cervantes or some other obvious candidate, I would have yawned and moved on. But I couldn’t resist Flann O’Brien, who (as ever) needs all the publicity he can get; I learned some interesting stuff (“Borges reviewed At Swim-Two-Birds in 1939, claiming that it was […]

Translate Shakespeare? What A Waste Of Time!

20 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“However well intended, this experiment is likely to be a waste of money and talent, for it misdiagnoses the reason that Shakespeare’s plays can be hard for playgoers to follow. The problem is not the often knotty language; it’s that even the best directors and actors — British as well as American — too frequently […]

The Problem With Changing Shakespeare’s Words

21 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Even in a climate of reverence for Shakespeare, the authentic text of his plays remains elusive. No manuscripts for the plays survive, so contemporary editions and performance scripts cobble together the most plausible passages from early quartos and folios, modernizing the spelling and punctuation and relying on the history of editorial emendations to clarify obscure […]

“Translate” Shakespeare? Egads!

21 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The outcry that has greeted this announcement has been as ferocious as you might imagine, or more. Though artistic director Bill Rauch and literary manager Lue Douthit have taken pains to say these aren’t replacements but companion pieces, and have preemptively assured critics that these new “translations” will not be the versions of the Bard […]

Updating Shakespeare’s Language? They Used To Do It All The Time

“For poets, playwrights, editors, and actors from the seventeenth century through much of the nineteenth, Shakespeare’s language wasn’t intoxicating so much as intoxicated: it needed a sobering intervention. … Shakespeare’s script was the first problem that a production had to remedy. … So what changed? How did Shakespeare’s original texts regain their popularity?”

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yesterdayHumor / odd : Happy Place

Just as infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters will inevitably produce the works of William Shakespeare, infinite startups with infinite angel investors will inevitably make an app for everything. Yelp for people? Yup. A bizarre potato that sits on your desktop and gives you encouragement? Yup. Show More Summary

8 Shakespearean Terms We Still Haven't Cracked

yesterdayHumor / odd : mental_floss

Some of the words Shakespeare coined are still mysterious centuries later.

The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy

"The earth has music for those who listen." -- Shakespeare There are many different types of medicines and remedies throughout our world today. Ranging from conventional (traditional), alternative, complementary, herbal, therapeutic, to standard medicines and remedies. Show More Summary

Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language

Last week, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that it had commissioned thirty-six playwrights to translate all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English. The backlash began immediately, with O.S.F. devotees posting their laments on the festival’s Facebook page. Show More Summary

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You’re Quoting Shakespeare

2 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily recognizable; phrases like “To be or not to be,” “wherefore art thou Romeo,” and “et tu, Brute?” instantly evoke images of wooden stages and Elizabethan costumes. Show More Summary

Shakespeare’s 5 Rules for Making Up Words (to Get Attention)

Advertising. Bloodstained. Cold-blooded. Epileptic. Fashionable. Hobnob. Moonbeam. New-fangled. Puking. Swagger. Worthless. Zany. Those are just a sample of the many words William Shakespeare invented. In fact, some say he invented somewhere between 1,700 and 2,200 words — possibly more. Show More Summary

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Commissions 'Reimagined' Translations of Shakespeare's Plays

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

"Words, words, words":The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned modern English translations of all of Shakespeare's plays. News by Emily Rose Lathrop The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned 36 playwrights to tackle modern...Show More Summary

How to Adapt Shakespeare for Modern Audiences

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(You're All Just Jealous of My Backpack/Tom Gauld) A drunk kung fu Romeo & Juliet on Wall Street would be awesome. The Tybalt and Mercutio fight scene would be the best rendition ever. But a nude cowboy King Lear in a parking lot? I'll pass on that one.

Novelists Reimagine and Update Shakespeare’s Plays

The project’s roster of stylistically diverse writers includes Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Flynn, Jo Nesbo, Edward St. Aubyn and Tracy Chevalier.

Ted Hughes Biographer Aims to Redeem His Subject

A new biography of Ted Hughes has stirred some controversy, with writer Jonathan Bate (scholar also of Shakespeare and John Clare) now closing in on Sylvia Plath’s suicide. In a new piece for The Guardian, Bate writes of his desire to shift and reduce the cause of death to “another man”: The story I have […]

The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore discusses his latest book, Secondhand Souls, the permanence of place in San Francisco, Michael Bay’s take on marine biology, and why everyone from Shakespeare nerds to goth teens trusts him to deliver laughs.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Explains (Further) The ‘Translating Shakespeare’ Initiative

“There will be a dramatist’s perspective in the center of these plays for the first time in 400 years. Typically, we rely on information about the plays from actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers, and scholars. I’m asking the writers to go into the plays (I keep joking about giving them coal miners’ hats) and see what […]

New Research: Shakespeare’s Rich Dad Funded Plays

It has long been assumed that Shakespeare’s father was a small-town glover and dealer in hides and wool, who went from riches to rags. The new research suggests that, far from going bust, John Shakespeare was reinvesting in wool and making even more money than ever, some of it via shady deals. It was also […]

Shakespeare in American Politics

Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.

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