Shakespeare’s Othello will play (in Dutch) at the outdoor theatre at Diever throughout August. I heartily recommend seeing the performance, especially if you are doing a course involving any of Shakespeare’s plays (1st year, 2nd year, MA). For more details see www.shakespearetheaterdiever.nl Go and learn how to ‘make the beast with two backs.’
One of the most famous (and one of the best preserved) of the crusader castles, Krac des Chevaliers, has come under a sort of fire never envisioned by its twelfth-century builders. The Hospitaller castle has taken a hit from a missile in the ongoing war in Syria. Video here: http://www.medievalists.net/2013/07/21/crac-des-chevaliers-struck-by-missile-heavily-damaged/
This debate is currently very prominent in the US. In Groningen there was a symposium on the topic this month and a lecture by Martha Nussbaum. As you would expect there is quite some difference in viewpoints.
This is a more interesting question than ‘who wrote Shakespeare?’ and it drives home the lesson of the instability of printed texts in the Renaissance.
From The Financial Times:
‘This week Random House announced a new publishing project to be called the Hogarth Shakespeare. The task involves commissioned versions of Shakespeare’s plays, to be written by contemporary writers. The novels are scheduled to launch in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Fasten your seatbelts, O friends of Will.
As to the details of the Hogarth Shakespeare, the media have recirculated the same few pieces of information. The Random House press release assures us that these prose “retellings” will be written for “the modern reader” (as opposed to, I suppose, Victorian or postmodern readers).’
Some recent research on happiness that also deals with the meaning of life.
‘This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath (1932–1963), and as one might expect given the sensational details of her short and appalling life, both her US and UK publishers are celebrating the occasion with a kind of vulpine festivity.’
Sir Anthony Kenny’s review of two recent books on C. S. Lewis by the well-known theologian Alister McGrath.