Categories
Icarian Podcast

Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed?

Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud.

April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 423rd bday. For the sake of this chat, however, let’s just say it’s his 4-20th birthday. Because the question of the day is “Did Shakespeare smoke weed?”

Doobie, or … Read on.

Categories
Culture

Wacky Wednesday: Acid-Drenched Orwell via Dr. Seuss

Our son’s maternal grandmother was a kindergarten teacher, consequently we’ve inherited children’s books spanning both the decades of her career and those of her own child-rearing. We’ve inherited a library dating back to the 70s with many gems and as … Read on.

Categories
Culture

William Fakespeare: A Forger’s Folly

Literary HoaxesIn her aptly named tome, Literary Hoaxes: An Eye Opening History of Famous Frauds, Melissa Katsoulis recounts the bold and bizarre history of William Ireland, whose literary legacy puts the “dung” in bildungsroman (bah dum dum). Born into 18th … Read on.

Categories
Culture

I Wrote the Plays of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare-Warhol
April 23 marks both the birth and death day of The Bard. No one has enjoyed as much literary fame in the English language as William Shakespeare, despite being alive for a mere 52 years (and dead for nearly 400). … Read on.

Categories
Culture

Paul Ryan and the Double-Name Veep Curse

Whomever was vetting potential veep Paul Ryan for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, overlooked one very important bit of vice presidential trivia. Every vice president whose given and surnames were both “first names? by contemporary standards, saw their president die … Read on.