Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

  • Beware the Ides of March

    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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  • Cleopatra: World-Class Drinker

    August 30th, 2016 | Bartending | journalpulp | No Comments

    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety; other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies; for vilest things Become themselves in her, that the holy priests Bless her when she is riggish. — Antony and Cleopatra Act II. Scene II. On this day, in 30 […]

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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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  • “Curiously Dull, Furiously Commonplace, Often Meaningless” (And Other Literary Virtues)

    October 10th, 2012 | Writers | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    “Rat-eyed” Virginia Woolf described Somerset Maugham as. “No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word,” said Eudora Welty of William Faulkner. “Curiously dull, furiously commonplace, and often meaningless,” Alfred Kazin said of William Faulkner. “Hemingway never climbed out on a limb and never used a word where the reader […]

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  • The Strong, The Smart, The Eccentric, The Insane

    The Strong, The Smart, The Eccentric, The Insane

    September 30th, 2012 | Writers | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Jean Jacques Rousseau, grandfather of modern-day environmentalism, who categorically believed in the existence of vampires. Persistent legend that the young Leonardo De Vinci was so strong he could — and frequently did — straighten horseshoes with his bare hands. Charles Dickens, a hyper-manic walker who sometimes went twenty-five miles at a headlong pace. A walk? […]

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  • What Makes Certain Literature Timeless?

    What Makes Certain Literature Timeless?

    July 19th, 2012 | Universality | journalpulp | 12 Comments

    “To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme.” Said Herman Melville. And it’s true: mighty themes are one of the distinguishing characteristics of timeless art. What is theme? In literature, theme is the meaning that the events of your story add up to. The events are the plot. Not all stories necessarily […]

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  • William Faulkner Answers Student’s Questions

    William Faulkner Answers Student’s Questions

    June 17th, 2012 | William Faulkner | journalpulp | 11 Comments

    “No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner.” — Eudora Welty In 1947, at the University of Mississippi, William Faulkner — an extraordinarily inconsistent and difficult writer whose work is almost invariably frustrating, and yet a writer whom you cannot ever quite dismiss (the following […]

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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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