Category Archives: Shakespeare

Shakespeare Woodblock Print Original

Since I did a squirrel, I decided to make actual prints from a woodblock I had cut last year to make cards. This time, I printed it out with a brayer on 140 lb. Canson watercolor paper using Speedball pewter … Continue reading

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Desmond Elliot Prize Winner: Ros Barber

Hats off to former computer programmer, Ros Barber, for winning the Desmond Elliot prize for her debut novel (in blank verse), The Marlowe Papers. Based on the premise that Marlowe was not killed in a tavern brawl, but escaped and … Continue reading

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“Iago” (Poem)

Recently re-read “Othello” and watched the 1952 “Othello” on videotape (yes, videotape) starring Orson Welles.  The 1995 version with a pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne is also excellent with Branaugh as a superbly acted Iago.  Thinking about the dastardly character Iago, came … Continue reading

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George Romero Meets William Shakespeare

Currently #1 at the box office is the movie Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine based on the novel by Issac Marion. Described as a “zombie romance,” (a zomrom, anyone?) with allusions to Romeo and Juliet, the protagonist zombie (Nicholas … Continue reading

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“Cesare Deve Morire” (Caesar Must Die)

“Since I discovered art, this cell has become a prison.” (Cosimo Rega, prisoner, who plays Cassius) Filmed at Rome’s Rebibbia Maximum Security Prison, the Taviani (Paolo and Vittorio) brothers’ documentary, Cesare Deve Morire, was winner of the Golden Bear at the last … Continue reading

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Dominic Dromgoole’s Will & Me

Finished reading Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life by Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director for the Globe Theatre. This was a perfect companion read to Susan Hill’s lovely Shakespeare Country. A charming memoir of Dromgoole’s life experiences from childhood, school … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy and King Lear

A little Shakespearian defiance for all those who weathered the destructive forces of Hurricane Sandy: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks; rage, blow, You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our steeples, drown’d the cocks, You sulph’rous and … Continue reading

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