’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:
Or in Sweden
or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Posted this month:
- This report
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