Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shakespeare References In Magazines (American Journalism Review, Westways and Oregon Quarterly)

As I continue to go through a stack of old magazines, I find more Shakespeare references.  In the March 1999 issue of American Journalism Review, in an article titled "Slouching Toward Sanity," Rem Rieder writes, "Truth will come to light, Shakespeare wrote. Today, everything else will as well" (page 6)

In the March/April 2009 issue of Westways, an article about buying a new car is titled "To Buy or Not to Buy?" (page 28). That is obviously a reference to the first line of Hamlet's famous soliloquy.

There are a couple of Shakespeare references in the Summer 2009 issue of Oregon Quarterly.  The first is in a piece titled "Numbered Days" by Harold Toliver. Toliver writes, "What if the study of natural history had gotten under way sooner, truly under way, not as in Egyptian alchemy and theories of the little bits the Greeks called atoms and not as in the golden age of astronomy in Gupta, India. Little that we now recognize as the civilizations that archeologists unearth would have led some 500 generations into such deep confusion about the Earth and the cosmos. Certainly my beloved Chaucer and Shakespeare would have turned out quite different" (page 29).

The second is actually a piece titled "Shaking Up Shakespeare," about theatre director Scott Palmer's non-traditional stagings or adaptations of some of Shakepeare's plays including The Comedy Of Errors, King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. "He transformed King Lear into an intimate family drama set in the 1950s around issues of aging and dementia. He did A Midsummer Night's Dream as a silent movie and Titus Andronicus as Japanese kabuki theater" (page 44).

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