The Complex Family Dynamics of King Lear

TW: emotional abuse, violence, dementia As I was watching the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s recent stream of King Lear, I was confronted with a feeling I didn’t expect: empathy for Goneril. This was my first experience with King Lear and all I had heard was that Lear was horribly abused by his two evil daughters. I... Continue Reading →

Why the Authorship Question Matters

Over the holidays, I was discussing the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy with my father in law. He is an admitted novice when it comes to Shakespeare, but - like most of us - he has some basic experience with the plays. He was unfamiliar with the fact that there is a group of people who doubt... Continue Reading →

Fairies | Breaking Bard Episode 8

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!c85c2   “We fairies that do run.../ Following the darkness like a dream/ Now are frolic; not a mouse/ Shall disturb this hallowed house./ I am sent with broom before/ To sweep the dust behind the door” Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 Scene 1   Today when we hear the word fairy, a small winged... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Bardolatry | Breaking Bard Episode 1

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!0e6f4   Introducing my new podcast all about Shakespeare! “If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.” William Hazlitt I want to talk to you about a man. A man with a grade-school education,... Continue Reading →

2019 Plans

As we walk into the year 2019, I want to be more deliberate about the blog. I have some pretty big plans. Plans to improve what I am doing now and plans to expand into new territory. I took some time over the holiday break to work ahead, so that the new setup wouldn’t seem... Continue Reading →

Back to the Beginning

Just the other day, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent out a tweet asking how and when followers first found their love of Shakespeare. I eagerly wrote back because I not only could tell you exactly when I fell in love with Shakespeare, but I also am about to return to my first and favorite play,... Continue Reading →

Restarting…

So, if anyone is actually reading this, you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a little over a week. This is for a couple reasons: 1) I was sick and I'm a giant baby when I'm sick, so I didn't want to do anything. 2) I started rethinking my research process and blog... Continue Reading →

Considering Format

I apologize for the delay in posting. I have spent a great deal of time reading and pondering. Not just pondering the words of Shakespeare, but how to post about the plays with enough detail and still keep on schedule. You see, I am doing a VERY thorough reading. I am looking up every word... Continue Reading →

Joss Whedon is My Spirit Animal

I recently watched Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, and I loved it even more than I thought I would. And I knew I would love it a lot for a few key reasons. One, I love Joss Whedon and all of the actors he uses, so “bam!” great casting, directing, and adapting. Two, I... Continue Reading →

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