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Monday, January 07, 2008

You're bard

I am reading a book on Shakespeare at the moment. It is by Bill Bryson, who writes very very funny books usually about travel. I would like to be Bill Bryson, but at the moment I am Laura Nunn, so you will have to put up with that for now. As and when (or if) I become Bill Bryson, I will let you know. I am still trying to grow the beard.

Anyway, I digress. I am reading a book about Shakespeare. I did English at uni, so I know a little bit already about the Brummy Bard, but most of the stuff I read was criticism of his works, or else his works themselves, whereas the Bryson book is a biography.

Jesus, we don't know anything at all about Shakespeare! Only six signatures of his exist, and they reckon that at least three of them were probably faked. No-one knows where he was or for how long, whether he was gay or not, and we also (carelessly) appear to have lost a fair number of his plays.

Well, in your face, Shakespeare. I am very careful to keep an accurate diary, and I predict now that this Plog will outlast any of your rubbish sonnets. If this be false and it upon me proved...

Oh, never mind.


Stonebase said...

Did you hear the one about the dyslexic artist who grew a beard thinking it was the way to becoming a great poet?

Erica said...

I've read that book.

I did think Bill Bryson made a good job of stretching out the 2 and a half things we know about Shakespeare (if that even is his name!) into a whole book.

Bill Bryson is the only author that makes me laugh out loud. In public sometimes.

Laura said...

Oh dear, that's a terrible joke. You're Bard.

Couldn't resist. Sorry.

Bill Bryson makes me laugh out loud too. It's embarrassing. Tip: don't take it with you as light reading to a funeral.