One spring afternoon, while sitting through yet another boring high school English lecture, my daydreams were interrupted by my teacher’s explanation of Lady Macbeth’s madness. I watched, mesmerized as he mimicked washing his hands while sleepwalking, uttering “Out, damn spot, out I say!”. Our teacher did not have to spell it out for me; I instantly understood that Lady Macbeth had stained her soul with Duncan’s blood.
I made two vows that day: I would never do anything that would stain my soul, and I would learn everything I could about the playwright who drove this point home. Thirty odd years later I am still learning, only now I am the one lecturing about Shakespeare. This page is where you will find some of my ideas and thoughts about the remarkable works of Shakespeare.
On March 22 I will be giving a talk on “Why Shakespeare Matters” and reading from my upcoming book, “The Groundling’s Guide to Shakespeare” at the Carson City Library at 6PM with a Q&A starting at 7PM. Admission is free but it’s first come first seated.
Links to some of my posts about Shakespeare