Posts from the ‘Shakespeare’ Category

  • Is Shakespeare All That?

    Is Shakespeare All That?

    April 23rd, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    On this day (April 23, 1564) was born the greatest poet the world has ever known. The following is a repost from an excellent question I once received: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Shakespeare all that? — Slo Readuh Dear Slo Readuh: No, he’s not all that. He’s all that and more. It’s impossible to overstate […]

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  • Beware the Ides of March

    March 15th, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ceasar: The ides of March are come. Soothsayer: Ay, Caesar, but not gone. — Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1. The word ides is derived from the ancient Roman calendar and comes from the Latin idus, which, as Oxford explains it, means “a day falling roughly in the middle of each month (the 15th day […]

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  • Pulp Shakespeare?

    April 3rd, 2014 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    This is from 2012, but I only just heard of it: PULP SHAKESPEARE, a “Best of Fest” winner at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Fest, has been selected to be presented in the 2012 FringeNYC Encores Series. Out of the 187 productions in this year’s FringeNYC Festival, PULP SHAKESPEARE is one of just fifteen chosen for […]

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  • Shakespeare, Lear, and Math

    Shakespeare, Lear, and Math

    February 6th, 2014 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Shakespeare was not only a poet. He was a thinker. Nowhere is this more clearly concretized than King Lear, wherein we see a curious concern with numbers and mathematics. King Lear is about madness — or, more specifically, the fear of madness and the redemptive power of love and charity as a kind of foil […]

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  • Eyeball, Lackluster, Puking — and Other Words You Didn’t Know Shakespeare Invented

    January 22nd, 2013 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Of the nearly 18,000 written words in Shakespeare’s oeuvre, over 1,700 are seen for the first time in his works. This doesn’t necessarily mean he coined all those words — and in fact many of them most likely existed in other languages, like Latin, for a very long time before Shakespeare anglicized them. New words […]

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  • Unsex Me Here

    Unsex Me Here

    May 6th, 2012 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    This is a famous and often misunderstood line from Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 5), spoken by the unforgettable Lady Macbeth, who says: The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to […]

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  • Heart Of My Heart

    Heart Of My Heart

    April 3rd, 2012 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield. Wrote Charles Dickens. Where does that phrase “heart of hearts” come from? Well, nowhere. It’s a perversion of Shakespeare’s heart of heart, which appears in Hamlet (Act 3, scene 2, 71-74): Hamlet: Give me that […]

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  • Shakespeare Glimpsed?

    Shakespeare Glimpsed?

    March 20th, 2012 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    William Shakespeare — who’s remarkable for so many things that it’s easy to forget the thing he’s perhaps most remarkable for: the fact that he doesn’t reveal himself in any of his plays — was born in 1564, in Stratford, a tiny village which at that time had a population of approximately 1,500 people. In […]

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