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Entry from April 27, 2016

In the issue of The New Statesman dated 23 April 2016 — the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — you may find a sort of symposium titled "Shakespeare, our contemporary: the Bard 400 years later," which offers a forum for a selection of big thinkers to ruminate on how "the Bard" is, really, pretty much just like them, despite being dead for four centuries. We find among the contributions of various kinds and qualities references to Henry V and Tony Blair’s "dodgy dossier" in support of the Iraq war (Rowan Williams), King Lear as respresentative of "the British rentier class" of today (Will Self), Macbeth and "the war on terror" (James Shapiro), As You Like It and "gender fluidity" (Andrew Marr), and Hamlet and "the cycle of evil," which is Germaine Greer’s even less persuasive variation on the pacifist cliché about "the cycle of violence." Full Entry

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