Within the course of one week there have been two interesting press bits about the bard:
An academic claims he has identified the first known (and so far, the only known) portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. It’s much different than the woodcut portrait found on the first folio of his Collected Works. Original link here and a droll piece on Elizabethan “image-making” by Charles McGrath in the nytimes (with a better photo of the painting) here.
This comic strip (DeFlocked) is finishing up a week-long test run in the Berkshire Eagle (my local paper). It’s better than 100% of the other strips on there now. Definitely worth a look – if you happen to like it send an email to email@example.com and tell them to keep it!
Here’s a cool visualization of the character interactions in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 1.
I wonder what this guy would think of it? “Not annotated enough” maybe. I get the x-axis (left to right) is the duration of the scene. The y-axis: character’s engagement in the scene? Physical proximity? I’m not clear on this. But it is pretty.