The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0407  Monday, 8 May 2006

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Sunday, 07 May 2006 19:49:38 -0700
Subject: 	Shakespeare All Over

This is a feel-good post to start your week, and reports the news that 
Shakespeare is well and alive all over.

First, a quote from a CSMonitor essay about a Maine schoolteacher adding 
to a local tradition by deciding to burn his old files:

"'A' through 'H' went on the burn pile and slowly crackled and hissed 
between the logs and branches. There was something satisfying about this 
ritual. I went back for 'I' through 'S.' Good-bye Ibsen, Keats, Milton, 
New York Times, punctuation tests, Restoration comedy...

"Hold on! Here were several very fat folders. Shakespeare took up six 
inches of file-drawer space. They held numerous plays I had used in my 
English courses, with critical gems and wonderful writing assignments on 
each one. This was the Bard, after all. Could I divest myself of the 
greatest writer in the English language?

"Resolution: The Bard lives; my Bard files do not."

The essay is at http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0508/p18s02-hfes.html?s=hns

Meanwhile, reporting outside Maine and around the world, Google daily 
brings me a sampling of the Shakespeare Daily News: what's news on the 
Rialto in Nashville and Bangladesh. This news is collected by a robot 
and occasionally concerns a steeplechaser (Royal Shakespeare), 
businesses, and random ordinary folk stuck with an extraordinary 
name--recently, a crime victim in the Midlands named Leticia 
Shakespeare. But the Thursday and Friday news items seemed specifically 
to carry a life-affirming message about the ubiquity of our playwright 
in the world, and I relay them to you, slightly edited, to start your 
week off right:

*Shakespeare Festival nabs grant*
Nashville Business Journal, TN
The NEA awarded a total of $900,000 in grants as part of its Shakespeare 
for a New Generation program, which targets middle and high school 
students. ...

*Shakespeare, gangs and B-ball*
Concord Monitor, Concord, NH
... We grilled them on their love of Shakespeare, the pains of 
adaptation and, of course, the kissing. Concord Monitor: Why do you 
think this play is so timeless? ...

*School shows Shakespeare -- with a Moroccan twist*
OregonLive.com, Portland, OR
Jo Lane, a language arts and theater teacher at the school, shifted 
Shakespeare's comedy from Athens as part of her final work on a master's 
thesis. ...

*"That Boy Can Read Shakespeare"*
New Haven Independent, CT
... And they are working right now on Shakespeare. ... You know, 
'Inner-city Kids Read Shakespeare.' It's a clich 

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