Tag: Books

Five Lines from Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has something for everyone. For the men- everyone dies. For the women- there’s a ghost. That’s right, ladies, a flippin’ ghost. Here are five of my favorite passages from Hamlet. 1. Act II, Scene II, Lines 242-254. I like this bit because the oft-neglected word ‘strumpet’ is used. HAMLET My excellent good friends! How dost thou, Guildenstern? Ah,…

The Difficulties of Reading Shakespeare

I saw Shakespeare’s Hamlet a few years back. It was a performance in the park. It was on a weeknight, and it lasted until 10 p.m., which is way too late for a weeknight. I usually like to be in bed by ten o’clock on school nights, so near the end I began to fade. For the last two acts…