Hey, is anybody out there a member of the Shakespeare Association of America? I just came across their site in my travels and it looked somewhat intriguing. The dues are modest – around $100/year dependent on income level. I’m wondering if anybody’s a member who can fill me in on whether it’s worth it to a guy like me to join up? As I’m sure you all know I’m far from a stuffy old academic when it comes to dear Will. I’m not at all interested in reading ancient tomes and comparing notes on how the meaning of “sullied” was different in 1599 than it was in 1587. Is it, to put it simply, any fun? It’s probably not for somebody like me. Part of the registration for the yearly program says, “Registrants in Shakespeare Association programs are expected to complete significant work in advance of the meeting: research papers, common readings, and bibliographic compilation, in the case of seminars; and pedagogic, scholarly, or theatrical exercises or exchanges, in the case of workshops. Seminars and workshops are appropriate for college and university faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students in the later stages of their doctoral work.” Yeah, not really me.