Understanding insults

When I was growing up in New Jersey, trading insults was part of making your way through the middle school: “If they put your brain on the edge of a razor blade, it would look like a BB rolling down
When I was growing up in New Jersey, trading insults was part of making your way through the middle school: “If they put your brain on the edge of a razor blade, it would look like a BB rolling down [More]

Shakespeare’s linguistic legacy

William Shakespeare died four hundred years ago this month and my local library is celebrating the anniversary. It sounds a bit macabre when you put it that way, of course, so they are billing it as
William Shakespeare died four hundred years ago this month and my local library is celebrating the anniversary. It sounds a bit macabre when you put it that way, of course, so they are billing it as [More]

Original pronunciation: the state of the art in 2016

In 2004, Shakespeare's Globe in London began a daring experiment. They decided to mount a production of a Shakespeare play in 'original pronunciation' (OP) - a reconstruction of the accents that
In 2004, Shakespeare's Globe in London began a daring experiment. They decided to mount a production of a Shakespeare play in 'original pronunciation' (OP) - a reconstruction of the accents that [More]

Katy Perry vs. William Shakespeare: Grammar showdown

Why is Katy Perry's song title "I Kissed a Girl" grammatically correct? Which famous playwright frequently mixed up "who" vs. "whom?" Are students as terrible at using modern grammar as they think
Why is Katy Perry's song title "I Kissed a Girl" grammatically correct? Which famous playwright frequently mixed up "who" vs. "whom?" Are students as terrible at using modern grammar as they think [More]

Why we should read Dante as well as Shakespeare

Dante can seem overwhelming. T.S. Eliot’s peremptory declaration that ‘Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them: there is no third’ is more likely to be off-putting these days than
Dante can seem overwhelming. T.S. Eliot’s peremptory declaration that ‘Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them: there is no third’ is more likely to be off-putting these days than [More]

World still loves Shakespeare

Shakespeare scholars are a fractious bunch, but when it comes to explaining his enduring appeal, the predominant answer has survived centuries of debate…
Shakespeare scholars are a fractious bunch, but when it comes to explaining his enduring appeal, the predominant answer has survived centuries of debate… [More]

Shakespeare and Montaigne

Working in different languages at nearly the same time, Shakespeare and Montaigne invented the stylistic means for reflecting on the human condition…
Working in different languages at nearly the same time, Shakespeare and Montaigne invented the stylistic means for reflecting on the human condition… [More]

Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense

Shakespeare and the brain. Wordplay, poetics, figurative language: the Bard can teach cognitive scientists about meaning and the mind…
Shakespeare and the brain. Wordplay, poetics, figurative language: the Bard can teach cognitive scientists about meaning and the mind… [More]

Shakespeare’s debt to Montaigne

Shakespeare was 16 when Montaigne published his first essays. The line of influence isn’t easy to discern, but it’s there…
Shakespeare was 16 when Montaigne published his first essays. The line of influence isn’t easy to discern, but it’s there… [More]

Shakespeare’s Globe

Rioting, kidnapping, breaking and entering, violence: For Elizabeth Russell, warfare was a way of life, as Shakespeare learned the hard way…
Rioting, kidnapping, breaking and entering, violence: For Elizabeth Russell, warfare was a way of life, as Shakespeare learned the hard way… [More]