Tag Archives: The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Best Soliloquies

Everyone knows “To be or not to be,” right? That memorable line kicks off Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy. Shoot, the most famous soliloquy. So obviously, that speech from Hamlet is number one. But what would the rest of the best be? … Continue reading

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The Bard, the Bible, and Baseball, Part 1

Baseball starts this week! Well, Spring Training, anyway. So what could be more appropriate here on The Bard and the Bible blog than a post about “The Bard, the Bible, and Baseball?” Maybe you didn’t know that both the King … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Women

Yes, yes, I know, entire books have been written about William Shakespeare’s depiction of women in his sonnets and plays, and those books could fill whole libraries. This is not that. This is simply one fan–not a scholar–commenting on his … Continue reading

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Foolishness and Vanity

This week’s episode (listen here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast pairs Gratiano’s words from Act 1 Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice with Psalm 94:8-12 from the King James Version of the Bible. Ratings and reviews on iTunes are much appreciated. You can also easily subscribe to the … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: A Novel Journal, Shakespeare Edition

While in Louisville, Kentucky, recently, I visited a bookstore with a few friends, and there discovered a delightful and different journal: “a novel journal,” it’s called. It is one of several volumes published by Thunder Bay Press. Of course, the … Continue reading

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Can Shakespeare Make You a Better Person?

With all due respect to Hamlet, there are more questions than “To be or not to be.” That’s a good one, for sure, but another is this: Can Shakespeare make you a better person? That is, can watching, listening, reading, … Continue reading

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How NOT to Hate Shakespeare

Last week, I posted on why people hate Shakespeare. At least my best guesses. So I thought the following TEDx talk would be an excellent follow-up: To this I say, with Charmian, “Amen.” And with Touchstone, “Amen.” And with Imogen, … Continue reading

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