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and all the world is biscuit-shaped

From a Newsweek review of Anne Rice's new novelStill, you can bet the Devil's going to get the best lines.

He always does. It's in his contract.

The New York Times reviews two Shakespeare biographies. Peter Ackroyd's Shakespeare: The Biography and James Shapiro's A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

No, I can't keep up with the flood, either. Man, I'm gonna look like such a trend-chaser when The Stratford Man comes out. *g* At least I got my flag in the Ren-drama hill before the thing peaked, though: I don't have to feel like too much of a copycat.

Now I shall add "Update website" to the to-do list that I'm ignoring like a cat ignoring the evidence of a critical calculation error with regard to leaping from shelf to shelf.

At least I got a second Undertow character named. That feels like a minor victory at this point.

I guess I should make a pot of tea and get started on thus reading I said I'd do, shouldn't I?


The Times seems to be more generous, shall we say, in compliments to both authors than I remember the Guardian being, particularly regarding Shapiro. Maybe I should re-read the British reviews. :)
Awww. I took Shakespeare I and (non-Shakespearean) Jacobean drama with James Shapiro in college. I love that man. Good to know his book's finally out.
Man, I'm gonna look like such a trend-chaser when The Stratford Man comes out.
Nah. It seems to come in waves. You should be ahead of the curve compared to everyone who's inspired by these latest works and only now starts their research...

And with luck, a story like this is ageless, and can only helped by other books that leave readers wanting more stories about the boys (that's how I started, after all). But Edward Marston has been writing mysteries of Lord Westfield's Men for over 20 years, and the series is still ongoing. It feels like James should assume the throne any book now, but the youngest apprentice's voice still hasn't cracked.]
One can hope. *g* It's unlikely the book would see print before 2008, in any case.

Alas for the slow pace of publishing.
But at least your competitors* are hobbled by the same pace

*Except for those who choose to self-publish, but they aren't worthy of mention.

BTW, I just found out there's a production of Tamburlaine opening in London the day after I leave Between this and the Park Honan signings, this trip seems doomed by near-misses. [I've just written the theatre to see if they're holding any previews.]

Possibly perfect timing

It's unlikely the book would see print before 2008

I do intend to blog all this, but currently there's not much to see at the Rose Theatre site. Because exposure to the air was corroding the brick, they reburied it in silt and water (with rope lights showing the outlines of the walls & stage).

But they're raising money to conduct a more thorough dig at the site, excavate it all (among the unanswered questions they hope to resolve: how *did* the higher-paying customers reach the upper galleries? Andrew Gurr thinks they'll find a spiral staircase), preserve it (encase it in plastic or something), and open it to the public as a museum.

Tony Toller said to expect it all to be completed by early 2009, so you may be right in time to catch that wave.

Anyway, there's much more I want to gush to you about, but I hope to write everything down in detail (and in chronological order so I don't forget anything) and this could easily become its own mini-narrative of the things I've seen, so I'll try to cut myself off now.

Re: In his contract? (Ciquenta)

I think I love you.

I snaffled a copy of the Ackroyd for you in preprint.

I'll give it to you at the con.


Re: Anne Rice's latest

Have you seen webcomic Something Positive's take on it?

Re: Anne Rice's latest

I did indeed. *g* Poor Jesus. The hentai wallpaper is worth a look, too.
...and I can see hear smell touch taste

and I've got one two three four five senses working overtime...

You now have that STUCK IN MY HEAD, thank you very much.

::slinks off, singing to herself::
I'm abashed. And also ashamed.

From a Newsweek review of Anne Rice's new novel: Still, you can bet the Devil's going to get the best lines.

He always does. It's in his contract.

If Milton couldn't get out of it, how's Anne Rice going to?