Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shakespeare Reference in Westways, October 2014 Issue

I continue to find Shakespeare references nearly everywhere I look. There is a reference to King Lear in the October 2014 issue of Westways, the magazine for southern California’s auto club members. A short piece titled “Tempest Travel” begins with these lines: “‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!’ It’s a colorful imprecation – in Shakespeare’s King Lear – but not what tourism operators typically have wished for. That is, until enterprising visionaries discovered that travelers delight in visiting Pacific shores in the winter to watch the ocean's winds and waves ‘crack their cheeks’” (p. 18). Lear speaks these lines at the beginning of Act III Scene ii: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!/You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout/Till you have drench'd the steeples, drown'd the cocks!”

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