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TNT’s Will is an Exhilarating Take on William Shakespeare’s Early Life

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To watch or not to watch: that is the question! Tonight, the show that sheds a fictional, exhilarating light on the life of William Shakespeare hits TNT and it is all the rage for fans of historic-style television shows as well as readers alike! The show has many twists and turns, keeping an exciting plot that is easy to follow along with as well as an all-new take on William Shakespeare that you have never dreamt of before. With a humorous intensity that will have you drawn in from the very start of the series, it breathes new life into the Elizabethan era. If you love Shakespeare and want a fictional but fun glimpse into his life as he arrives…

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Celebrating William Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary with His Sassiest One-Liners

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William Shakespeare is known for many things: his beautiful language, his iambic pentameter, his poetry about people he definitely wasn’t married to, but one thing people have only recently begun to celebrate about him is his straight-up feistiness. While some of his contemporaries were secret spies, erotica pioneers and jealous haters, Shakespeare is the most widely recognizable writer on the planet arguably for his sly language and wit. Shakespeare could write some pretty sick burns when he wanted to, and was at least 8,000 times sassier than pretty much everyone else in the entire world. If he were alive today, he’d probably be really good at impromptu rap battles, in addition to being perplexed by emojis and female actors. April 23, 2016…

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Happy 450th birthday, Will: recommended reading for Shakespeare Day 2014

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April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. How to celebrate the greatest writer in the English language? My alma mater, Hood College, hosts an annual library book sale, complete with a birthday cake for the Bard. Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon hosts a literary festival, where The Bookshop Band will premiere songs inspired by his plays, and European airline EasyJet is sponsoring a campaign to have April 23 officially recognized as “Shakespeare Day” (UK residents are invited to sign their petition). To that end, EasyJet is featuring Shakespeare’s likeness on an Airbus 319 and commissioning a live performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Reduced Shakespeare Company on a flight to Verona. (Tweets welcome: #shakesonaplane to @easyjet.) Of course,…

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Why the geometry of the love triangle pulls us in

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Contained within the simple geometry of a love triangle are all the ingredients for an engrossing plot. There are characters (desired and desiring, therefore compelling); conflict (fights and lies and changes of heart); and resolution (someone will win, someone will lose, the triangle will be broken apart). Is it any wonder, then, that we return to these stories again and again? In his newest novel, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books, April) Tom Spanbauer manages to give readers a fresh look at this well-worn story. Spanbauer, whose works explore issues of sexual identity, race, and family, is the author of four previous novels and the founder of Dangerous Writing. Ben, the narrator of I Loved You More, explains the appeal of…

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