The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1400 Thursday, 8 July 2004
Date: Thursday, 8 Jul 2004 01:36:27 EDT
Subject: You Go, Shakespeare!
Here's one of those pop culture Shakespeare thangs-- I don't think I've
seen this one mentioned on SHAKSPER...
The May 2004 issue of the magazine The Believer (published by the
McSweeny's folks) contains a full-page panel cartoon called "You Go,
Shakespeare!" You really have to see it to get the whole effect, but
here's the text...
Panel 1 "Experts have estimated that the average person thinks about
Shakespeare about once every 3.6 minutes. Whether we're reading Titus
Andronicus to our kids at bedtime or quoting from the Sonnets at some
chick we wish to do, Shakespeare is eternally present in our lives."
Panel 2 "But who was Shakespeare? Many scholars now believe that he
was actually a large, herbivorous lizard of the Pleistocene era; others
disagree. 'He was just an average guy,' says writer Dom Bedooby, 'he
probably made a bet with his friends that he could get himself quoted a
Panel 3 "Us normal people love Shakespeare; a lot of eccentrics like
him too. Take, for instance, the barber who goes to work dressed as
Hamlet, or the schoolteacher who spends weekends and vacations
underwater, trying to teach fish about iambic pentameter."
Panel 4 "Then there's the farmer in Ohio who's built an 80-foot statue
of the Bard using papier-mache and corn husks. Says he, 'I want the
aliens to come down and investigate, so I can be the first person to
tell them all about Shakespeare.' "
It'd make a good poster...
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