This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Shakespeare Reference in American Pictures
Jacob Holdt, a man from Denmark who hitchhiked around
the United States for a long while, taking photos, mostly of the poor and
forgotten, put together a book of these photos. American Pictures, the resulting book, contains a Shakespeare
reference. He writes, “Just as colonized children everywhere will steal from
you when you show them ‘master’-kindness, I found that the adult ‘rip-offs,’ ‘stealers,’
and even ‘strongarm studs’ were overwhelmed by Shakespearean motives: ‘I am
one, my liege, whom the vile blows and buffets of the world have so incensed
that I am reckless what I do to spite the world’” (p. 258). The quoted passage
is from Macbeth, and is spoken by one
of the murderers that Macbeth sets against Banquo.