Tag Archives: William Shakespeare

Patrick Stewart on Ian McKellen’s Advice on How to Do Familiar Shakespeare Lines Like “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow . . .”

And here’s Ian McKellen playing Macbeth in 1976:

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Shakespeare, James Joyce, and the Dirty Encoding in Britney Spears’s “If U Seek Amy”

Recently, Britney Spears has gotten some buzz by subliminally inserting “Fuck me” into the title of her new music video: “If U Seek Amy.” See it or hear it? Maybe this will help: iF-U-CeeK-aME! Naughty. But is it a very original play on words? … Continue reading

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“The Sunday Shakespeare Society”: A Charming Notice, from 1934, of a London Group That Met Once a Month to Read Shakespeare’s Plays Aloud

William Kent, in his 1934 book London for Shakespeare Lovers (Methuen & Co.), in the “Useful Information” section at the back of the book, had this rather charming notice (on pg. 174): The Sunday Shakepeare Society was founded by the late Dr. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London: In August of 2008, What Did a Ticket to Tour the Grounds Look Like, and How Much Did It Cost?

I like how the ticket conveys a hazy sense of divine light coming down upon the theatre from above, accompanied by two “official” looking royal red stamps—which are actually simply decorative. Shakespeare’s works are the West’s secular scripture, and the … Continue reading

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World Literature’s First Existentialist Musings: Before Ecclestiastes, Hamlet, Dostoevsky, and Camus, There was The Epic of Gilgamesh

At the start of Part 2 of the Epic of Gilgamesh, when Enkidu and Gilgamesh have now become friends, Enkidu tells Gilgamesh: The father of the gods has given you kingship, such is your destiny, everlasting life is not your destiny. … Continue reading

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Poison in the Ear: Shakespeare, Karl Rove, and Barack Obama

A theme in Shakespeare’s plays is poison poured into the ear—from Iago going around whispering his poisons into the ears of the characters in Othello, to Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters arousing the lusts of Macbeth for power. In Hamlet, Claudius … Continue reading

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