Monday, July 5, 2021

July 2021

 

Fear no more the heat o' the sun…’ Although, sadly, we do, as climate change becomes more and more evident. As the Covid 19 pandemic retreats slowly (don’t stop being careful, people!) the raging heat in various parts of the world are urgent reminders that we must all act now. If climate change causes civilisation to collapse, Shakespeare too is in danger of being lost.

Still, I allow myself to include this promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

I would be thrilled to get an email from you if you bought the book. rubyjandshakespearecalling@gmail.com  

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In the rather daft book The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix, the club enjoys Titus Andronicus for its gruesome violence.
  • In Kim Stanley Robinson’s excellent novel, The Ministry for the Future in which the world finally unites to solve the climate and poverty crisis, Mary, while watching over a dying friend, reflects on Shakespeare’s ability to describe sleep as well as friendship. She remembers a production at the Abbey Theatre in which Falstaff and Hal spent a whole hour in a battle of wits in which their deep friendship was at stake. Mary wonders if she and her dying friend should have battled more to deepen their friendship.
  • As we know Buffy has many talents aside from her vampire-slaying skills. In one episode she was cursed with being able to read people’s minds and in the beginning, before it drove her mad, she was able to read the teacher’s mind when the class was discussing Othello. The teacher was amazed at Buffy’s analysis, so like her own!

 

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/

 

  • Moby Dick – Orson Welles made and was in Chimes at Midnight and many other Shakespeare films which, however, I haven’t seen.
  • Logan - Patrick Stewart is in The Hollow Crown Richard II, Hamlet x 2. Richard E Grant is in Twelfth Night.
  • The Snowman - Shakespeare connections: Michael Fassbender is in Macbeth. We’ve seen Jonas Karlsson on stage as Caliban and Richard III (brilliant in both!) Adrian Dunbar is in The Hollow Crown and Richard III.
  • The Trouble with Harry - The doctor was quoting a Shakespeare sonnet as he stumbled around the corpse.
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon - Dakota Johnson is in Cymbeline. Bruce Darn is in The Glass House, a spin-off of Hamlet
  • Hamlet (Kevin Kline update) - Further Shakespeare connections: Kevin Kline is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It. Diane Venora is in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet (Almereyda).

 

Further since last time:

  • Finished reading aloud to Hal: Hamnet
  • Read aloud to Hal: Hamlet for the 5th or 6th time
  • Watched: Kevin Kline’s filmed version of same
  • Considered: the subject for my text on Hamlet, the character of Ophelia and how she is portrayed, hopefully to be posted next time.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

June 2021

 ‘The summer's flow'r is to the summer sweet’, and here in Sweden the summer is at its sweetest.  As more people are vaccinated and the number of new cases decreases daily, there is hope in the air.

I hope you are all safe and well and still being careful. And still loving Shakespeare.

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In Michelle Obama’s wonderful book Becoming, she attends a performance of Shakespeare in a girls’ school in London.
  • In the brilliant film Educating Rita working class Rita is ecstatic over her introduction to Shakespeare through a theatre production of Macbeth.
  • In Claire North’s The Sudden Appearance of Hope the title character pretends she works for the British council and promotes Britishness, including Shakespeare. Later, on a cruise she watches a performance of Richard III, and another time a bloody Coriolanus. At another point she meets a prostitute called Portia and she wonders, ‘Like…Porthos?’ To which the woman replies haughtily, ‘Like Shakespeare, idiot.’
  • Paul Kalanithi, in his memoirs When breath becomes air, felt that his life, as he was dying of cancer, was more like a Greek tragedy than Shakespeare, where focus was on the individual.
  • In Nick Hornby’s Just Like You, the young lover Joseph gets tickets to a Shakespeare play for his twenty-year-older lover Lucy because a colleague told him to. Joseph knows nothing and cares less about Shakespeare.
  • Buffy, the famed Vampire Slayer, is in English class when the Afro-American teacher quotes the ‘if you prick us do we not bleed’ monolog and asks for comments. Cordelia says, ‘Whine, whine, whine…people who think their problems are so huge…!’ Cordelia is a real sweetheart.
  • Seen on Facebook: a photo of the hand sanitiser at the National Theatre in London, called ‘Lady Macbeth’.
  • In Stieg Larsson’s book Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English) the Vanger family’s dramas and conflicts are compared to Shakepeare by the family patriarch. 

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/ 

  • Lost in Space – Oldman is in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • The Gentlemen - Michelle Dockery is in The Hollow Crown.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street - Leonardo DiCaprio is in Romeo & Juliet.’
  • Red Joan - Trevor Nunn directed King Lear, Twelfth Night, Macbeth. Judi Dench is in The Hollow Crown, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth. Nina Sosanya is in Much Ado about Nothing Re-Told. Tom Hughes and Ben Miles are in The Hollow Crown.
  • Dreamgirls - John Lithgow is a brilliant Malvolio in Twelfth Night. 

Further since last time:

  • Started reading aloud to Hal: Hamnet

Posted this month:

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Monday, May 3, 2021

May 2021

‘As full of spirit as the month of May’ – as spring edges towards summer and more people (though not nearly enough) are being vaccinated against Covid 19, let us look forward with hope to brighter times. It’s up to us.

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In Michelle Obama’s wonderful book Becoming, she attends a performance of Shakespeare in a girls’ school in London.
  • In the brilliant film Educating Rita working class Rita is ecstatic over her introduction to Shakespeare through a theatre production of Macbeth. 

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/ 

  • The Namesake – Zuleikha Robinson is in The Merchant of Venice
  • 12 Years a Slave - Benedict Cumberbatch is in Richard III and The Hollow Crown. Michael Fassbender is in Macbeth.
  • God’s Pocket - Peter Gerety is in Cymbeline.
  • The Abyss - Ed Harris is in Cymbeline.
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix - James McAvoy is in Macbeth Re-Told. Michael Fassbender is in Macbeth. Jessica Castain is in Coriolanus.
  • Armageddon – Ben Affleck is in Shakespeare in Love.
  • Cadillac Records - Gabrielle Union is in the spin-off of The Taming of the Shrew – 10 Things I Hate about You.
  • After Earth - Sophie Okonedo is in The Hollow Crown.
  • Hereditary - Gabriel Byrne is in The Prince of Jutland.
  • The Hours - Ed Harris is in Cymbeline. Allison Janney is in 10 Things I Hate about You. Dillane is in Hamlet. Danes is in Romeo & Juliet. Atkins is in Titus Andronicus.
  • Educating Rita - Julia Walters is in The Hollow Crown. Michael Williams is in Henry V. Maureen Lippmann is in Love’s Labour’s Lost. 

Further since last time:

  • Received: Of Human Kindness – What Shakespeare Teaches Us about Empathy by Paul Marantz Cohen. Thanks to Jan at the English book shop for his sharp eyes while unpacking new books and sending me a quick email. 

Posted this month:

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Monday, April 5, 2021

April 2021

 ‘April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.’ Happy birthday to the eternally youthful William Shakespeare!

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In Janet Skeslien Charles’s book The Paris Library, and in real life, Clara de Chambrun was a renowned Shakespearean scholar.
  • In The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves, several of the characters are authors and killing each other and leaving clues, for example the handkerchief, referring to Othello.
  • The Twilight Zone – remember that one? – has so far referred to Shakespeare the following times in the first season:
    • a poor old guy is left alone in the world after a nuclear bomb is dropped but he finds happiness when he comes across a bombed-out library with all the classics, including Shakespeare.
    • in a time-travel episode one of the characters quotes Hamlet’s ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio…’ and adds, ‘and space…’
    • in a WWII episode the quote ‘the purple testament of bleeding war’ is incorrectly attributed to Richard III but it’s actually Richard II. Still impressive, don’t you think?
  • In Saturday Night Fever the two main characters discuss Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, then showing at the cinema.
  • The director of Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, Ari Kaurismäki, also directed Hamlet Goes Business (Liikemaailmassa).

 Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/

  • Repo Men – Live Schreiber is in Hamlet.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Bob Hoskins is in Othello.
  • Alien 3:
    • Brian Glover is in Prince of Jutland
    • Ralph Brown is in The Merry Wives of Windsor
    • Danny Webb is in Henry V, Twelfth Night
    • Pete Postlethwaite is in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
  • Alien Resurrection:  Winona Ryder is in Looking for Richard
  • Prometheus: Michael Fassbender is in Macbeth.
  • Hidden Figures: Kevin Costner plays a wandering Shakespearean actor in the dystopian The Postman.
  • Genova: Colin Firth is in Shakespeare in Love.
  • Tomb Raider: Dominic West is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III. Daniel Wu is in The Empress, a Japanese spin-off of Hamlet. Kristin Scott Thomas is in Richard III. Derek Jacobi is in Hamlet, Henry V, Hamlet, Richard II
  • Rocketman: Bryce Dallas Howard is in As You Like It. Steven Mackintosh is in Twelfth Night.  Harriet Walter took part in Simon Schama’s Shakespeare.
  • Mona Lisa: Shakespeare connection: Bob Hoskins is in Othello. Robbie Coltrane was just barely in Henry V.

Further since last time:

  • Finished reading aloud to Hal: Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro. A real ‘wow’ book, shedding new light on Shakespeare and American history. Shapiro is always a winner.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

March 2021

 Daffodils that bloom before the swallows dare return from the south, and that charm the winds of March with their beauty…’ I haven’t seen any daffodils yet, but the winds of March are already quite refreshing.

I hope you are well and safe. Hal and I get our first Covid-vaccination on Wednesday so we’re feeling hopeful!

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • Michel Foucault’s book Madness & Civilization refers to the madness of King Lear and Lady Macbeth in his chapter about views on madness in the sixteenth century.

 

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/ 

  • The Sound of Music – Christopher Plumber is in the Hamlet inspired The Undiscovered Country.
  • Zombieland – Bill Murray is in Hamlet.
  • Alien 3:
  • Brian Glover is in Prince of Jutland
  • Ralph Brown is in The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Danny Webb is in Henry V, Twelfth Night
  • Pete Postlethwaite is in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
  • Alien Resurrection:  Winona Ryder is in Looking for Richard
  • Prometheus: Michael Fassbender is in Macbeth.
  • Hidden Figures: Kevin Costner plays a wandering Shakespearean actor in the dystopian The Postman.
  • Genova: Colin Firth is in Shakespeare in Love. 

Further since last time:

  • Started reading aloud to Hal: Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro. 

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Monday, February 1, 2021

February 2021

 ‘In winter's tedious nights sit by the fire/ With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales/ Of woeful ages, long ago betid…’

The nights are still long, friends, but they are getting shorter. Let this not be the winter of our discontent, but of hope and light!

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In the novel The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern Zachery is at a literary party and orders a drink called Drowning Ophelia. Later, another character, Simon, wanders through the mystical building and sees a group rehearsing King Lear.
  • The Perfect Wife by J O Delaney quotes Sonnet 116, ‘Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,’ as used in the main characters’ wedding vows. Later, in discussing AI Abbie’s humanness, quotes from The Merchant of Venice are used, for example, ‘When you prick us do we not bleed?’
  • In the film Lady Bird the high school puts on a production of The Tempest.

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/ 

  • Fisherman’s Friends – James Purefoy is in The Hollow Crown. David Hayman is in it too as well as in Macbeth.
  • Knives Out – Christopher Plummer is in Star Trek – the Undiscovered Country, which is riddled with Shakespeare.
  • All Is True – All of it, naturally
  • The Golden Compass - Jim Carter is in Richard III. Derek Jacobi is in Hamlet twice, Richard II and Henry V.
  • Alien - Ian Holm is in Hamlet and Henry V. John Hurt is in The Hollow Crown and King Lear.

 

Further since last time:

  • Nothing really.

 

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Monday, January 4, 2021

January 2021

 

What could be more appropriate for the end of the year 2020 than this quote: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’ Hurrah for the bear! And remember, in 2021: ‘It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.’ Hurrah for us! Happy New Year!

And now, a promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself need support more than ever when we cannot arrange book signings and lectures. Therefore, sales are down drastically. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Thank you.

The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/9163782626/ref=tmm_hrd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1514378301&sr=8-1

 

Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling

Or in Sweden

http://www.bokus.com/bok/9789163782626/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher info@vulkan.se

 

Shakespeare sightings:

  • In the novel Echo Boy by Matt Haig young Audrey and her boyfriend discuss whether or not a virtual reality visit with Shakespeare would entail a real conversation with him or not.
  • In the novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham teen-aged Tessa is dying of cancer. One of the things she wants to do before she dies is become famous. Her dad asks her to define fame and she thinks of Shakespeare, still famous after 400 years. Her favourite play is Macbeth because when he kills a king nature goes wild. And one of her instructions for her funeral that Sonnet 12 will be read. In case you had to Google it I’ll tell you (I Googled it) it’s the one that starts, ‘When I do count the clock that tells the time…’ Good choice.
  • Jack Robbins in Graham Swift’s Here We Are starts out as a vaudeville host and rises to Shakespeare roles.
  • V.E. Schwab refers to Shakespeare several times in her novel The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
    • During her long 300-year life Addie ‘has read the Bible, the Upanishads, the Quran, after a spiritual bender of sorts a century ago. She passes Shakespeare,  too, a religion all his own.’
    • Henry’s friend Robbie performs in a play ‘loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream….’
    • One of Addie’s lovers, Remy, in the 18th century, cannot image a world without Shakespeare.
    • Just before the French Revolution, Addie’s nemesis Luc appears and quotes The Tempest: ‘Our revels now are ended…’
  • In the novel The Nothing Man Catherine Ryan Howard twelve-year old Eve wants to experience the grand passionate love of Romeo and Juliet. I’ll never understand why so many people long for that. They both die in the end, for heaven’s sake!

Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month - see reviews on https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/

 

  • The Avengers – Whedon has directed Much Ado about Nothing. Downey is in Richard III. Hiddleston is Henry V. Gregg is in the aforementioned Much Ado. Skarsgård has been a Swedish Hamlet. Paltrow is in Shakespeare in Love.
  • Love and Friendship - Beckinsale is in Much Ado about Nothing. Fry is in Twelfth Night. Edwards and Fleet are in The Hollow Crown.
  • Doctor Zhivago - Christie does perhaps the best Gertrude ever in Branagh’s Hamlet. Chaplin is in The Hollow Crown. Richardson in in Olivier’s Richard III.
  • Die Hard – Rickman is in Romeo and Juliet.
  • Moulin Rouge - Luhrman directed Romeo & Juliet. Broadbent is in Richard III.    Leguizamo is in Cymbeline and Romeo & Juliet.
  • The Party - Scott Thomas is in Richard III. Spall is in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet. Mortimer is in Love’s Labour’s Lost.
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance – Jeremy Irons is in The Hollow Crown and The Merchant of Venice.
  • The 33 – Gabriel Byrne is in The Prince of Jutland 

Further since last time:

  • Nothing really.

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