(from "wouldn’t it be cool if shakespeare wasn’t shakespeare?" at nytimes.com)
the shakespearean authorship debate/controversy — which has flared up again of late, thanks to overactive imaginations on the loose with a budget in hollywood — has always struck me as a bit stupid. the reasons roland emmerich and crew are giving (“why would shakespeare, a poor and ill-educated man, have written so much and so well about the elite classes? and how could he have known all these things about them?”) are even worse. i want to watch this movie, and laugh at it, but i fear that my $11 will encourage further substandard fictions. oh, dear.