A New Year of Shakespeare

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This January 1, I’ll be restarting the blog, beginning with Othello.

My last attempt broke off for various reasons, none of which really matters, except they left me with unfinished business and the need to make amends straight away.

Thank you to everyone who added comments, especially those who wondered where the blog went. I have a few new tools this time around that I’m extremely excited about, namely the good people at Audible.com and the helpful WordPress app available for Android.

I’ll be starting the entire year’s reading from scratch, making no assumptions, presuming nothing from my previous endeavors.

For those wondering why I’m not taking the plays in their presumed chronological order, I feel this is too constricting over the entire body of work.

Plus, I’d rather be guided seasonally, thematically, and by whimsy…just because it opens up the possibility for more “aha” moments and deeper personal connections.

I will cite any third-party sources consulted for context… and freely admit that Peter Ackroyd’s Shakespeare: the Biography will be my bedside reading and tour guide along the way.

The same rules, however, apply this time around. I will be reading the poems and plays without agenda or pontification, just trying to figure out what all the fuss is about. Any and all errors of judgment, fact and good sense are wholly my own.

You are free to drop by to join in the conversation whenever you like. I will be moderating the comments, but not for agreement of anything I write. Only to eliminate trolls who see the need to fill any available open space with self promotion.

I will have more to say about Othello at the turn of the  year. But I will offer that I have chosen it because it’s the one biggie of Shakespeare’s that I know least about. Really, my ignorance here is appalling.

There’s only one way to correct this and that’s by reading the play.

As an aside, you may find more errors in my writing due to the fact I’ll be generating more content from my phone. This is by no means an excuse for slipshod work on my behalf…so if you encounter mistakes, please shout them out. I will be editing from a computer as necessity  demands (and time permits).

Also, and for the record: I DO NOT OWN ANY IMAGES USED HERE STRICTLY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. ALL LEGITIMATE REQUESTS FOR REMOVAL WILL BE PROMPTLY OBEYED.

I wish you all a beautiful, joyous Christmas.

See you in the new year!

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