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Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. S.

Happy 448th birthday Master William! Thanks for making us laugh, cry, and for raising our hackles now and again, not necessarily in that order. Thanks for providing such beautiful Lines for me to work with and teach. Though they doubt your name, "The life yet of [your] lines shall never out."

Vpon the Lines and Life of the Famous
Scenicke Poet, Master William

Those hands, which you so clapt, go now, and wring
You Britaines brave; for done are Shakespeares dayes:
His dayes are done, that made the dainty Playes,
Which made the Globe of heav'n and earth to ring.
Dry'de is that veine, dry'd is the Thespian Spring,
Turn'd all to teares, and Phoebus clouds his rayes:
That corp's, that coffin now besticke those bayes,
Which crown'd him Poet first, then Poets King.
If Tragedies might any Prologue have,
All those he made, would scarse make one to this:
Where Fame, now that he gone is to the grave
(Deaths publique tyring house) the Nuncius is.
                                                    For though his line of life went soone about,
                                                    The life yet of his lines shall never out.

                                                                                                    HVGH HOLLAND.

(A dedication from the First Folio of 1623)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Steve Jobs: The Shakespeare of our Time? "In short", LOL

In another of the ongoing attempts at The Deification of Steve Jobs by the technology/commercialism worshipers, I found this tidbit in an article by Richard Poplack over at the Daily Maverick  to be particularly funny:

"The sweep of his imagination is illustrated by the caprice of his 313 registered patents: power adaptors, laptop hinges, display cases, operating system configurations, packaging, “graphical user interface methods.

In short, he was the Shakespeare of our time. Five centuries from now, the gasp-inducing sweep of his influence will be contested by humans we can barely conceive of, all using variations of the tools he helped create. No one will believe that one person could do all that he has done."   (emphasis mine)


Even a business-oriented marketing enthusiast like Duane Morin over at Shakespeare Geek,  who was somehow able to wax poetic over Jobs'  'humanities'  bent--  "King Jobs"-- might agree with me on this one.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Another "Shakespeare Project"--in Chicago

Anyone from "The Windy City" out there? If so, consider going to see this. Help support Shakespeare On Stage. It would be great to hear from someone who sees it. Drop by and tell us what you think. JM


"Of all things living, a man's the worst."

It's a Shakespearean battle of the sexes as The Shakespeare Project of Chicago presents The Bard's boisterous comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew." Spawning countless derivative versions, from "Kiss Me Kate" to "Ten Things I Hate About You," two titanic wills collide as the chauvinistic Petruchio tries to woo the headstrong Katherina. Featuring a veteran cast of Shakespeare Project regulars, the play is directed by former Artistic Director Jeff Christian. 


Saturday, February 25 at 10:00AM, The Newberry Library

Saturday, February 25 at 2:00PM, The Wilmette Public Library

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00PM, The Highland Park Public Library