11 March 2009

Definitely a fossilized bard

I am proud to announce, as I may have already done in the past, that I have never read a work of Shakespeare and probably never will. There are just too many other books to read and besides, his arguably overrated stuff would probably bore me to a premature death.

You can imagine how amused I was when I noticed yesterday that Science Daily had the story about Shakespeare's purported portrait under their "Fossils & Ruins" category.



Simla said...

I love Shakespeare!!! You should at least read one of his books before you make up your mind!

Kirk said...

I'm with you. Never read him.Never will. Don't see a need to.

Deniz Bevan said...

First of all, why would anyone say "never"? Why limit yourself?
Second, there is something to be said for reading the old masters before you read the young upstarts. Where do you think everyone's getting their ideas from if not from Shakespeare?
Methinks the language difficulties are putting you off, and that's a shame - no one says you have to understand every single word, but really, it's not all that hard to follow if you're a well-read individual.
"Arguably overrate" - interesting. So rather than go to the source and find out for yourself, you're willing to believe what others tell you? Why?

PS I agree with Sim :-)

Anonymous said...

You yourself are a good writer Aydin, and a good photographer, and you would probably enjoy Shakespeare's plays and/or sonnets, assuming that you could learn to understand the archaic 16th century English in which they are written. (Of course English is not your mother tongue, so it would probably be more difficult for you to get the hang of it, and yes... maybe it is not worth your making that effort, it's your choice.)

But, contrary to how phony some of his commentators are, Shakespeare himself is anything but pretentious. He is really excellent in communicating about the human condition, something that given enough lifespan we are all forced to become "expert" on.

I think it's a shame when scientists pour scorn on the Arts, in the same way I think it's a shame that some people in the Arts know almost nothing about science and math, and take great pride in declaring that lack of knowledge.

Ignorance of a subject is never worth boasting about.

Best wishes to you,

Susan J. Hewitt

Frank Anderson said...

Go on, read some Shakespeare! You should at least look at a few of the classic sonnets, if you have never done that, and some of the plays are quite amusing. It's like listening to the Beatles or the Velvet Underground, or reading Tolkien. You realize just how derivative a lot of post-Beatles pop, post-Velvets "alternative music" and post-Tolkien high fantasy is.

Also, if you have any interest in history (especially, obviously, of the English variety), it's cool to see how then-contemporary issues in religion, politics, the arts, etc. bleed into the plays. Plus there are a lot of great words coined by Shakespeare that are still used today. The words that aren't used much today are often even more interesting!

Bruce Berman said...


I think you would like Shakespeare - Othello and Lear especially.

You should go to see one of his plays, or rent a dvd!

About the post.

Couldn't someone say the same thing about Darwin?

"arguably overrated" "probably bore me to tears"

I love those squishy modifiers arguable and probably - even if you are wrong you are right!

As to criticism from someone who trumpets the fact that he is unfamiliar with the work - I think that's how George W. Bush got through Yale.

Your friend and fan

Jannavi said...

I, like you, have not read any of his works...but have read/watched some adaptations. Having done that, I am convince he has done some really good work, and have him on my to-read list. Othello, esp.