Gimbling in the Wabe – Words, Words, Words

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This is a repeat of a Gimbling in the Wabe from 2013. Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. ~William Shakespeare Although it can certainly be argued to the contrary, it seems that humans are the only creatures who use spoken language as opposed to creatures that “merely” communicate.  […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Words, Words, Words

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  This week, I’m under the gun.  My slave-driving editor has me working on another project, so I haven’t had time to write a proper Gimbling in the Wabe (Hi, Tee!  Love you!).  So I’m sharing a former Gimbling, one of my favorites.  I should be back fresh next week. […]

LitStack Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  September 9, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-35330-4 The world has come to an end as we know it.  A deadly virus has eradicated over 90 percent of Earth’s population within the space of a few weeks, too quickly and too thoroughly […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Frivolity of Flippant History

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Last weekend I made my yearly trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival – one of the oldest and largest Renaissance fantasy fairs in the USA.  It’s been an annual tradition for myself and my daughter (occasionally other family members tag along) since she was a baby, and we look forward […]

LitStack’s Recs: Shakespeare’s Sonnets & Writing Inspiration

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William Shakespeare The Sonnets It may be a day late to pin this recommendation to the 450th anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, but I still can think of no better way to mark the end of National Poetry Month than to pause and take note of […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – No Room at the Algonquin

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I pretty much live in awe of folks who can, without aid, quote a great work, or a great speech, or a pithy saying or response from great thinkers or writers or philosophers … or whatever.  Who often can, in the middle of a conversation, inject (and to be honest, […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Will and Me

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My kids owe their lives to William Shakespeare.  No, really, they do.  But let me back up a bit. I’m not sure when I first became aware of William Shakespeare.  No doubt I read a play or two in high school  – “Romeo and Juliet”, probably, maybe “King Lear” or […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine had to evacuate from his home near Idyllwild, CA, due to a raging forest fire in the San Jacinto mountains.  His house, while not directly at risk, would be threatened if the fire could not be brought under control; residents were […]

The Shadows of ‘Hamlet’ in ‘Sons of Anarchy’

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The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge. Hamlet (3.2.250) Netflix is a detriment to the productive. Of course, we shouldn’t blame our marathon t.v. and movie watching on the streaming site, but they sure have given us quite the little time waster. Now, it’s not all bad. We writers can […]

Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam on Kickstarter

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Via GalleyCat: Melinda Hall hopes to raise $1,500 for the 3rd Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam. This event is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 23, 2013. We’ve embedded a video about the Kickstarter project–what do you think? Here’s more about the project: We are back […]