Still The Champion

Shakespeare as the champion

Well, folks, that’s another Shakespeare Day in the books. Did you have fun?

Maybe I’m watching too much pro wrestling lately (did anybody even recognize the shout-out at the beginning of the day?), but I love this image. I had it painted in classic LeRoy Neiman style, if anybody remembers his class Sports Illustrated images. Shakespeare as the Champ.

Twenty years ago, I started teaching my kids Shakespeare before one of them could even talk. It’s been a long trip, to be sure, and I had no idea how it would turn out. Now here we are with a book and everything! I wonder what’s next?

Number #1 With A Bullet

So, there’s this funny thing about publishing a physical book on Amazon – the reports don’t actually update until the book ships Which means the next day. So I have no idea how many copies of My Own Personal Shakespeare: Macbeth Edition we were lucky enough to sell today. I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight, I’ll just keep refreshing the page into midnight and hope the time zones are my friend.

But what I can say is this…


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New Releases in Shakespeare Dramas & Plays

Look! It’s me! Thank you so much to everyone who ordered. I may have no idea what that actual number is yet, but I know it’s enough to do *that*. And that is pretty cool.

New Old Authorship Ideas

Much like modern American politics, the authorship question isn’t worth discussing. People will believe what they want to believe, ignoring any evidence to the contrary and stretching the limits of imagination to invent “evidence” that supports their point.

This week, some new research adds to the mix, suggesting that authors during Shakespeare’s lifetime also thought it was the other guy writing the works.

Let me see if I can sum up. There’s this book that we know about by a guy named Meres. It days from 1590. It’s a book of lists. More to the point, “symmetrical” lists — 8 Greek writers, 8 Latin writers, and 8 English writers. Well, brace yourselves – some of the lists aren’t symmetrical. 6 ancient “epigrammatists” are compared to 5 modern ones. IT MUST MEAN SOMETHING, PEOPLE!

WAIT! It gets better! One of the modern names is Davies, which could be two people. So it’s technically symmetrical; see how the game is played?

So guess what — there’s a list with 17 English writers and 16 modern ones. You guessed it (or did you?) both Oxford and Shakespeare appear on the list. Therefore we make the leap — those *two* must represent *one* person, to keep it symmetrical. Boom, mic drop.

<shrug> Sure? It’s not so much “evidence” as “a curious observation.” There will forever be a difference between “this could mean something” and “this means something.” The problem, then, is that there is an infinite amount of “this could mean something.” They are all equally trivial.

“When the lists aren’t symmetrical, there’s a reason for it.” The whole thing reminds me of a great Dad joke. Have you ever seen geese flying in that V-formation like they do? Do you notice how sometimes one side of the V is longer? Do you ever wonder why that is?

There are more geese on that side.

Shakespeare goose.

Ralph Fienne’s Macbeth in Cinema

Cartoon Shakespeare, waiting for the movie to start

When I heard that Sir Ian McKellen was doing Hamlet, I was cautiously optimistic. Sometimes they film these things, after all.

Then I heard it was filmed! I was elated.

But then they did this weird “one night only” thing, and only in the UK. I never heard another word about it.

Now, however, the universe might be paying me back for that head fake. Ralph Fiennes’ spent much of last year performing Macbeth with Indira Varma. Again, this show started in London. But they took it on tour! They’re currently playing Washington D.C., in case anyone is in the neighborhood.

But they filmed this one, too! AND IT’S COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU! Unlike previous Shakespeare films that have come around and played in one indie theatre in Boston, this one is coming to my local theatre and playing for a week, May 2 – May 9. My daughter will be home from college that weekend so we’re planning to go on the 9th. Should we bring our books?

I don’t know anybody about Fiennes’ performance, though I did like parts of his Coriolanus. Can’t wait!

Can’t Get Enough Macbeth?

Check out my book, My Own Personal Shakespeare: Macbeth, now available on Amazon! Explore Macbeth at your own pace and on your own terms, and document your personal experience with the Scottish Play.

The Shoppe Is Now Open!

Did you know that the Shakespeare Geek Shop offers over 150 original, unique designs, all available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors?

Probably not, because it’s all hosted on Amazon, and my ability to say, “Here’s a link to exactly what I want to show you on Amazon,” is nearly non-existent.

I’m Working On It!

To bridge the gap I’ ‘ve begun recreating the Shop here on the site. What does this mean? At a minimum, I’m trying to get up images of all the unique designs for people to browse through. I won’t be able to show every combination of every style and color (there are over 3500 when I do that!), but we’ve got to start somewhere. Enjoy! I hope everyone can find something they like!

These are just a few of my most popular designs, each with its own hosted page and description on the site. There are more at the main Shop page, with more added all the time.

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I hope everybody can find something they like at the Shop. If you want to see everything, you can click directly to Amazon and truly see literally everything that’s available.

Mr. Worldwide!

I realize that we tend to default links the US sites, and my readership is all over the world. Good news! Many products are available at Amazon’s international locations, too! Unfortunately I can’t check these links because Amazon will only show me products that ship to my address 🙁 I hope these do what I want them to! Somebody let me know!)

Amazon UK | Amazon Germany | Amazon France | Amazon Italy | Amazon Spain | Amazon Japan