Researchers have found a dictionary that may have been owned and annotated by William Shakespeare. If this assertion is true, this book could provide amazing insight into how Shakespeare crafted his plays, poems, and sonnets, all of which feature his highly inventive wordplay and have thus shaped how modern English is used today.
I’ve spent enough time on the New York City subway to become disenchanted with its wonders, but I will say, a little Shakespeare would certainly liven up the experience.
The ancient art of street theater is alive and well (if underground) these days, courtesy of Fred Jones, 27, and Paul Marino, 29, who since January have been performing in subway cars around the city as the duo Popeye & Cloudy, their names taken from the two detectives’ nicknames in “The French Connection.” Shakespeare is their meat and potatoes, but they also do a mean Abbott and Costello and an original, improvised scene involving a subway preacher and an agitated passenger, which reaches a tense climax before dissolving into a rendition of the “Top Gun” anthem “Take My Breath Away.”
From The Washington Post:
Don’t you love that remarkable moment when roSenQatlh and ghIlDenSten exit the stage and Khamlet is left alone to deliver the immortal words: “baQa’, Qovpatlh, toy’wl”a’ qal je jIH”?
The line above might be more familiar to earthlings as “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!” But now, we Terrans have an opportunity to savor Shex’pir as the Klingons do. The Washington Shakespeare Company, that Arlington outpost of offbeat treatments of classic plays, is going where no D.C. enterprise has ever quite gone before, offering up a whole evening of Shakespeare — in Klingon.
Okay, that’s just utterly, geekily cool. 🙂 At least I think so, and I’m only slightly ashamed to admit it. If you’re in the same boat, you can read more here. And if you’re in the D.C. area, there’s still time — the benefit performance is scheduled for September 25th and apparently tickets are still available.
From NPR, it’s jail for a Shakespeare thief… and yet I can’t help wondering if the Bard, a notorious carouser himself, might not have appreciated the reasons behind his larceny.
An unemployed book dealer who paraded as a wealthy playboy was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for possessing a stolen first edition of Shakespeare’s plays, a rare volume described as a “quintessentially English treasure.”
Last month, a jury cleared Raymond Scott, 53, of stealing the First Folio but found him guilty of handling stolen goods and removing stolen property from Britain.
Scott was arrested after he took the 1623 volume to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., two years ago and asked to have it authenticated. Experts there alerted police, who say the folio was stolen from a display case at Durham University in northern England in 1998.
Scott claimed he had found the volume in Cuba and denied all charges.
In passing sentence, Judge Richard Lowden said Scott had tried to use the book to “fund an extremely ludicrous playboy lifestyle” and to impress a woman he had met in Cuba.