Monday, August 1, 2022

August 2022

I have of late and wherefore I know not lost all my mirth… I’m in a bit of a Hamlet mood these days. Not that I’m going to engage in any sword fights or anything like that but I’m finding more and more that “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” I could go on, finding countless Shakespeare quotes to talk about my life and life in general but it would be better to fight my lethargy by reading the plays again.

Ah well, for now, this monthly report. Which sadly, must begin like the last few:

I repeat what I wrote last time, and the time before:

 ‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support are still needed to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine as long as the war lasts. Just let me know and I’ll send the money forthwith. 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 Madame Fourcade’s Secret War author Lynn Olson tells us that master spy Kenneth Cohen’s grandfather Meyer Salaman loved Shakespeare.
  • On the moon in Andy Weir’s Artemis, super crook Jin grew up loving Star Trek and claims, when scoffed at that the program is over a hundred years old, ‘Quality is quality… Age is irrelevant. No one bitches about Shakespeare fans.’ 

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

 

  • To Die For - Gus Van Sant directed My Own Private Idaho, a spin-off of Henry IV. Casey Affleck is in Hamlet.
  • Jolene - Jessica Chastain is in Coriolanus
  • Time Bandits - John Cleese is in The Taming of the Shrew. Ian Holm is in Hamlet and Henry V. Ralph Richardson is in Richard III.
  • Ghost Ship - Gabriel Byrne is in The Prince of Jutland, a spin-off prequel to Hamlet
  • Maudie - Sally Hawkins is in The Hollow Crown. Ethan Hawke is in Cymbeline and Hamlet.
  • Mary Queen of Scots - Shakespeare connection: Adrian Lester is in As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet. David Tennant is in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.  Both have been in other Shakespeare productions, but these are the ones I’ve seen.
  • Bobby - Laurence Fishburne is in Othello. Anthony Hopkins is in Titus and Othello. Martin Sheen is in O, spin-off of Othello. Christian Slater is in Star Trek The Undiscovered Country, which is loaded with references to Hamlet. 

Further since last time:

  • We are reached by that sad news that David Warner has died. He made over two hundred films including Star Trek the Undiscovered Country, which is filled with Shakespeare, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He will be missed.
  • I see in the statistics for the July that the blog is still being visited by Russian visitors. I still wonder what they think of my contributing the royalties of the sale of the book to Doctors without Borders for Ukraine. I would love to get some comments from them. And perhaps encourage them to protest the war? 

Posted this month:

  • This report 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

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Monday, July 4, 2022

July 2022

 These are flowers of Middle summer…

Here we are in the middle of summer but sadly, flowers are scarce in many part of Ukraine. I repeat what I wrote last time, and the time before:

 ‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support are still needed to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine as long as the war lasts. Just let me know and I’ll send the money forthwith. 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 her book How to Be a Heroine, Samantha Ellis mentions
    • Lavinia, who in Titus Andronicus communicates by writing in the sand with a stick, though her tongue and hands have been cut off,
    • Kate, in The Taming of the Shrew, raging across the stage, like the author herself raged against her parents at sixteen,
    • Kate, in ditto, choosing to be shrewish in a society that buys and sells women
    • Cleopatra, who wants to sleep away the time that Antony is gone
  • Dagens Nyheter tells us that Angela Merkel has been reading Shakespeare, especially Macbeth.
    • Shakespeare’s tragedies as being for the young, his comedies as being for the mature,
    • Shakespeare and Brook as being the subjects of constant discussion at Cambridge, where she studies theatre. 

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

  • All That Jazz – Jessica Lange is in Titus, A Thousand Acres (Lear). Max Wright is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Get Shorty - Delroy Lindo is in Cymbeline
  • Hope and Glory - David Hayman is in Macbeth and The Hollow Crown.
  • Impromptu - Emma Thompson is in Much Ado about Nothing and Henry V
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Elizabeth Debicki is in Macbeth.  
  • Clockers - Delroy Lindo is in Cymbeline. Mekhi Pfeifer is in O.
  • What About Bob? - Bill Murray is in Hamlet. Richard Dreyfuss is in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Good-bye Girl, spin-offs of Hamlet and Richard III
  • Hacksaw Ridge - Sam Worthington is in Macbeth
  • Perrier’s Bounty - Jim Broadbent is in Richard III
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale - Aiden Quinn is in Looking for Richard
  • Star Trek First Contact - Patrick Stewart is in The Hollow Crown Richard II, Hamlet x 2.
  • The Lookout - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in Ten Things I Hate about You, a spin-off of The Taming of the Shrew 

Further since last time:

·       We in the Shakespeare world are saddened by the death of Peter Brook who has died at the age of 97. I have read his book The Quality of Mercy and seen his filmed productions of Hamlet (with Adrian Lester – brilliant!) and King Lear. He will be sadly missed.

·       I see in the statistics for the June that the blog has been visited 100 times by Russian visitors. I wonder what they think of my contributing the royalties of the sale of the book to Doctors without Borders for Ukraine. I would love to get some comments from them. And perhaps encourage them to protest the war? 

Posted this month:

  • This report

 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on:

 

 

Monday, June 6, 2022

June 2022

 

The summer’s flow’r is to the summer sweet. Summer has arrived in Sweden and although this quote is from a pessimistic sonnet, I chose it because the flowers now are indeed sweet. A comfort in a world still filled with tragedy.

And the rough winds still blow in the Ukraine. I repeat what I wrote last time, and the time before:

 ‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support are still needed to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine as long as the war lasts. Just let me know and I’ll send the money forthwith. 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:

  • Bill Bryson, in his wonderful book The Body a Guide for occupants,
    • He uses the quote ‘Heaven take my soul, and England keep my bones’ to head the chapter on the skeleton.
    • He points out in the chapter on food that in Shakespeare’s day fruits were probably no sweeter than carrots.
    • He uses the quote ‘O sleep, o gentle sleep, Nature’s soft nurse,’ to head the chapter on sleep.
  • The film The Raven, which boasts one Shakespeare connection among the actors, also has a murder taking place during a production of Macbeth.
  • Vera Brittain, writing in 1968 about her experiences during WWI, ponders a possible future war, and quotes The Tempest to predict that no one would survive.
  • In her novel Broke Heart Blues Joyce Carol Oates has her characters, high school students, acting in Shakespeare plays and discussing them in English class. 

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

  • Frances – Jessica Lange is in Titus, A Thousand Acres (Lear). Sam Shepard is in Hamlet.
  • A Perfect World - Kevin Costner is in The Postman, a sort of Hamlet spin-off.
  • Midnight Special - Shakespeare connection: Sam Shepard is in Hamlet.
  • Dead Presidents - Larenz Tate is in The Postman, a spin-off of Hamlet.
  • Star Trek Generations - Patrick Stewart is in The Hollow Crown, Hamlet and Hamlet
  • Odds Against Tomorrow - Robert Wise directed West Side Story, the musical version of a modern Romeo and Juliet.
  • The Raven - Shakespeare connection: Jimmy Yuill is in All Is True, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V.
  • Ser du månen Daniel (Held for Ransom) - Toby Kebbell is in Macbeth Retold 

Further since last time:

  • A quiet Shakespeare month. 

Posted this month:

  • This report

 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on:

 

 

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

May 2022

 Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. A somewhat pessimistic quote for perhaps the loveliest month but true, nevertheless. Here in Sweden anyway. The sun is shining but that cold wind is still blowing.

And the rough winds still blow in the Ukraine. I repeat what I wrote last time, and the time before:

 ‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support are still needed to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine as long as the war lasts. Just let me know and I’ll send the money forthwith. 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 overly wordy novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell someone misquotes Hamlet’s Horatio to someone.
  • In Harry Belafonte’s autobiography My Song he mentions Paul Robeson’s role in Macbeth. Later he writes that he had studied too much Shakespeare to be satisfied singing tepid pop love songs. And even later he mentions that his daughter Adrienne too has trouble with tepid sit com lines after having studied Shakespeare in acting school.
  • Dagens Nyheter reviewed the play The Last Dream of William Shakespeare calling it ‘uneven’ but ‘a playful fantasy’ and ‘filled with the spirit of Shakespeare.’
  • In the BBC series Annika, star Nicola Walker’s daughter is grudgingly in the school production of The Tempest.
  • Bill Bryson opens his book The Body: a guide for occupants with the quote, ‘How like a god.’

 

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

 

  • After Hours – John Heard is in the Othello spin-off O
  • Cloud Atlas - Ben Whishaw is in Richard II and The Tempest.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Judi Dench is in The Hollow Crown, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth. Rupert Evert is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Shakespeare in Love.
  • Sphere - Liev Schreiber is in Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing - other than the obvious, David Tennant is in Hamlet and John Ramm is in Shakespeare in Love.
  • Unbreakable – Spencer Treat Clark is in Cymbeline and Much Ado About Nothing.
  • The Revenant - Leonardo DiCaprio is in Romeo & Juliet.
  • The Grifters - Annette Bening is in Richard III. Pat Hingle is in A Thousand Acres, a spin off from King Lear
  • Blackbird - Kate Winslet is in Hamlet. Lindsay Duncan is in The Hollow Crown.

 

Further since last time:

  • Gift from friend Ida Karin: a bootleg DVD of Much Ado about Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Thank you so much!
  • Saw: the above DVD. Brilliant!

 

Posted this month:

  • This report

 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on:

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

April 2022

 ‘April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.’ Well, actually, here in Stockholm it has put a shiver in everything. Cold, rainy, with snow predicted. But the day’s are longer at least.

‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support are still needed to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine as long as the war lasts. 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 play The Red about Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina), the artist scolds his apprentice (Alfred Enoch) for not reading Shakespeare.
  • A reviewer in Dagens Nyheter finds that the Shakespeare context in the TV series Station Eleven functions well.
  • In Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me the highly advanced robot Adam discovers Shakespeare and becomes lyrical.
  • In Harry Belafonte’s autobiography My Song he mentions Paul Robeson’s role in Macbeth. Later he writes that he had studies too much Shakespeare to be satisfied singing tepid pop love songs.

 

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

 

  • Maleficent – Shakespeare connection: Imelda Staunton is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-Told, Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing
  • Dune 2021 - Stellan Skarsgård was in a filmed version of a staged Hamlet.
  • Venom - Michelle Williams is in the spin-off of Lear, A Thousand Acres.
  • The Secret Garden - Maggie Smith is in Richard III.
  • Crisis - Gary Oldman is in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
  • Akeelah and the Bee- Laurence Fishburne is in Othello.
  • Georgia - Jennifer Jason Leigh is in the King Lear spin-off A Thousand Acres.  

Further since last time:

  • Finished, finally: Women of Will by Tina Packer. See report under ‘Book reviews’.

Posted this month:

  • This report
  • Review on Women of Will. 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on:

 

Women of Will by Tina Packer

Women of Will – following the feminine in Shakespeare’s plays

By Tina Packer

What a book! I haven’t enjoyed a Shakespeare analysis this much since Jan Kott and Stephen Greenblatt’s various masterpieces.

In approximate chronological order of when the plays were written Packer shows how the women characters, though few, are pivotal in carrying the play, taking power, usurping power, revealing the inequality of society.

For example, Shakespeare attributed soul to Juliet and Beatrice in a time when the existence of women’s souls was still denied. In Troilus and Cressida he reveals that in this relationship Troilus has power, Cressida none, and the glories of war is hypocrisy and the gap between men’s ideals and their actions is vast.

Packer often touches upon the same analyses that I’ve done in mine. She too sees Katherina as a crushed victim of vicious sexism in The Taming of the Shrew. In the history plays she analyses the importance of Queen Margaret and ends thus: ‘Through writing Margaret, Shakespeare was living moment by moment with a woman, her natural abilities, her loves, her ferocity, her innocence.’ (p.32).

We don’t see eye to eye on his relationship with his wife Anne Hathaway. She neglects to comment on the fact that he returned to Stratford repeatedly throughout his London years and retired there even before his play writing was finished.

Nevertheless, this is a brilliant book and I recommend it warmly to all Shakespeareans.

Monday, March 7, 2022

March 2022

 Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty…’ I haven’t yet seen any daffodils, but the fresh winds of March give us hints of the coming spring.

‘O war! thou son of hell’ O Putin! Thou son of hell! Our thoughts and support to the people of Ukraine, and the people of Russian who hate this war. Protest in any way you can! And don’t give up hope. ‘True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings.

In this time of turmoil and hope I give you this familiar promo for the book Shakespeare calling – the book. Indie authors like myself always need support, even now when book signings and lectures can again be scheduled. Only on the Internet can I reach people like you, who are interested in Shakespeare would like to support the Shakespeare Calling project. I do so hope you will help me by ordering the book online. Any sales I make of this book in the coming month will go directly to Doctors without Borders for their work in Ukraine. 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:

  • The twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, quotes Macbeth about sleep.
  • Dagens Nyheter has a review of Macbeth now at Dramaten. Rabbits? The article doesn’t make sense.
  • Kulturnytt on TV also has a review of the same Macbeth. She liked it a lot, especially Baby Macbeth and the good acting. I’m all for spinoffs of Shakespeare but I’m not sure about this one. Anyway, going to the theatre isn’t really an option for us these days.
  • In Prep, but Curtis Sittenfeld, the class does Hamlet.
  • In The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah Jamal’s neighbour Harun writes children’s version of Shakespeare to be distributed in South Asia and Africa.
  • In Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy Inti quotes Caliban, ‘You taught me language, and my profit on’t is I know how to curse.’ Her twin sister Aggie has to explain to her what it meant. On the next page Aggie hit a bully in the face with The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare is indispensable in so many ways!

 

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

  • Road to Perdition – Jennifer Jason Leigh is in the Lear spin-off A Thousand Acres. Stanley Tucci is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • O Brother Where Art Thou - Tim Blake Nelson is in Hamlet. Stanley Tucci is in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Chain Reaction - Keanu Reeves is in Much Ado about Nothing, My Own Private Idaho
  • Seabiscuit - Chris Cooper is in The Tempest
  • Forget Me Not - Gemma Jones is in The Merchant of Venice

Further since last time:

  • Still reading, slowly(!): Women of Will by Tina Packer. Nearing the end now but I want to savour it, so I only read a few pages a day. Maybe in the next report I’ll review it.

Posted this month:

  • This report

 

Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by http://shakespearesallskapet.se/

 

Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on:

https://themerlinchronicles.wordpress.com/ruby-and-shakespeare/shakespeare-calling-the-book/

https://themerlinchronicles.wordpress.com/ruby-and-shakespeare/spoiler-merlin-and-shakespeare/