I knew from Shakespeare class that ears were sexual.I’m sorry, what? I love that I’ve been doing this for almost thirteen years now and I can still find new things to talk about. I’ve definitely never heard the argument made that Shakespeare sexualized ears, nor can I immediately think of any examples where this might be the case. (Checks Sonnet 130 just in case … eyes, lips, hair, cheeks….nope.) All that comes to mind is, “Lend me your ears!” which makes me imagine an audience shouting back, “We’re using them right now, give us five minutes!” But seriously folks. Have I overlooked something obvious? What could the author possibly be talking about?
Reading The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and this odd sentence went flying past: