I haven’t been cross-country skiing or ice skating once this winter. This week I finally said the hell with it and took my bicycle down from the garage ceiling. If it’s not going to act like winter, I might as well pretend like it’s spring. As Garrison Keillor says, “There comes a time when you must stand up to reality and deny it.” Where am I going on my bike? That’s easy. The Coastal Trail. Wanna go for a ride?
Dana Stabenow. Alaska Traveler (Kindle Locations 2272-2275). Gere Donovan Press.
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The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama, and Death in Nineteenth-Century America by Nigel Cliff
Three centuries after Shakespeare died, across the pond New Yorkers rioted over the relative merits of Macbeth as played by a British actor and an American one. The National Guard was called out, people actually died, and the British actor had to be hustled out of the country for his own safety. America had embraced Shakespeare as one of their own, and he was read so extensively and so intensively that audiences from rural Kentucky to California gold mines could shout out the correct line when an actor in performance stumbled over it.
Author Cliff concludes, “Once a voice carried a people across a continent and helped forge a brave new world. No other writer has been so powerful, and no one ever will be again.” This book includes a survey of 19th century American history, a history of Western theatre, is peopled with great characters and you-are-there settings, and has a quotable phrase on nearly every page.
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