Why Joel Coen Will Give Us the ‘Macbeth’ We’ve Been Waiting For

Why Joel Coen Will Give Us the ‘Macbeth’ We’ve Been Waiting For

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“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player…” My Shakespeare professor in college was a loud guy; he was also extraordinarily controversial. They’ve probably fired him from his third university by now, but that’s beside the point. On my first day of class with him, he warned us all that we would probably be offended at some point—he would run around the room quoting plays like Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and Macbeth verbatim whilst taking scenes from those plays and applying them to recent news or daily experiences. Before him, Shakespeare was annoying and difficult—just …

5 Characters Who Should Look Directly at the Eclipse

5 Characters Who Should Look Directly at the Eclipse

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Today a solar eclipse will pass over the continental United States for the first time since 1918. Anybody lucky enough to see the total solar eclipse will be in for a literal once in a lifetime experience. It will be tempting to look directly at the eclipse, but scientists warn that this could seriously damage people’s eyes.   Not everybody deserves to hear this warning, though. Here are some characters who actually should look directly at the eclipse.   1. Tom Chaney from True Grit   Image courtesy of Amazon   For those unfortunate people who have yet to read Charles …