Shakespeare died 400 years ago this year. So, in 2016, I
am going to read his complete works and write about it.
In ways visible and not, Shakespeare still extensively informs our modern culture and consciousness, even if you don’t particularly enjoy reading or watching his work. I want to jump into in his works – taking on a play about every 8 days – as a way to understand and reflect on myself, my relationships, and the world in 2016. Consider this project my confessions, connections, and consultations with the Bard so many centuries later.
If you struggled with Shakespeare, don’t worry. I want my reading and writing to be honest and human, not academic. For more on the start of this undertaking, please read my first post.
Meanwhile, I will be doing a good bit of language writing. On my etymology blog, the Mashed Radish, I post once or twice a week about the origins of topical or newsy words. I also write about language trivia on Mental Floss; word origins and lexical trends on OxfordWords, the official blog of Oxford Dictionaries; and name origins on Nameberry, a leading baby name site. For much of 2016, I wrote for Lexicon Valley, Slate’s language blog. Many of pieces there focused on the Bard’s tongue itself, including his naughtier side, which I treat on Strong Language, a sweary blog about swearing. I’d be thrilled if you followed my work in those venues.
I studied English literature for my undergrad, later earning a teaching license in secondary English and a master’s degree in education. During my career as an educator, I have had the privilege to serve diverse students, from refugees to adults with autism, and in a variety settings, from public to private.
Now, when people ask me what I do, I am trying to sound confident about my answer: “I’m a writer.”
In the spring of 2016, I moved from Orange County, California to Dublin, Ireland – and am loving every bit of this storied city and its wonderful people. I live there with my lovely and talented wife and our dog nonpareil, Hugo. We love to travel, stay active, binge-watch great TV, and eat good food.
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I follow your blog and when I got the chance to take part in the blog relay of “Liebster Award” I decided to nominate your blog as well. I am not sure if you want to play or not, but I will see…
Oh my what a great blog! Glad I found you since I’ve been needing more of the bard in my life!!
Thank you! Before I started this in January, I hadn’t actively engaged with Shakespeare since I taught Romeo and Juliet to some high schoolers years back. And I think you capture the sentiment well: There’s a widespread feeling, a systemic enrichment, perhaps even a sense of possession or occupation that Shakespeare brings. Thanks for reading.
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That’s really good that you’re sharing Shakespeare’s work. I viscerally believe that he was a great writer. I have enjoyed reading it. Keep going!
Thanks for reading!
Just started following you today. Thanks for an informative and well-written blog. Food for thought on how to get my own up and running properly. Hope you won’t mind popping over to
some time …
Have you ever written on An American (i.e. you, as I suppose you are) in Dublin? Have greatly enjoyed your Shakespeare series.