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Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Quarantine

Sir Patrick Stewart has embarked on a spontaneous project to read through Shakespeare’s sonnets— so far one of my favorite instances of the outflowing of creativity that is whiling away the time in this season of plague/quarantine/social distancing.* And… to my shame, I’ve never actually sat down and read the sonnets. I know a few […]

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Children’s Books in Parallax

Simcha Fisher posted an interesting essay about the novels of E.B White, specifically about several moments of friction in Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan. I’ve become more and more interested in this notion of friction: the idea that there are sometimes elements in a work of art (or even the whole work […]

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Is Hamilton another Hamlet?

Even though I already wrote a long post about Hamilton as an American tragedy, it seems I still have thoughts about about the musical that need teasing out in writing. Thoughts about comparing Lin Manuel Miranda to Shakespeare and thoughts about the kind of mythologizing Miranda is doing and about Miranda as a bridge builder. […]

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