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(Stuff.co.nz)   Apparently, Shakespeare was a real life shylock   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 29
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2013-04-01 11:36:38 AM
I simple adore King James.
 
2013-04-01 11:37:58 AM
To bean or not to bean...
 
2013-04-01 11:39:39 AM
I stopped reading here:
 
"He lived and wrote in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, during a period known as the ''Little Ice Age,'' when unusual cold and heavy rain caused poor harvests and food shortages."
 
If the article writer can't even get simple facts correct about constant global warming, then I'm not going to believe a bunch of libel against Shakespeare.
 
2013-04-01 11:41:26 AM
"No Shiat......?!?!?!?!"
 
2013-04-01 11:42:02 AM
I dunno - you can't judge anyone who writes stories for a living to live any other way than what they are writing about.
 
...at least, the good ones immerse themselves into their story while writing. Also, any egoistic, creative type is going to be viewed as self centered by ordinary, uncreative boobs like you and me.
 
2013-04-01 11:44:12 AM
So Get Shorty was based in reality
 
2013-04-01 11:44:26 AM
For sooth! Verily, didst Shakespeare practice usury. For, he is a poxy trollop.
 
2013-04-01 11:45:26 AM

spentmiles: I stopped reading here:
 
"He lived and wrote in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, during a period known as the ''Little Ice Age,'' when unusual cold and heavy rain caused poor harvests and food shortages."
 
If the article writer can't even get simple facts correct about constant global warming, then I'm not going to believe a bunch of libel against Shakespeare.


I needed that.
 
2013-04-01 11:46:37 AM
Holy crap! This guy was real?
 
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2013-04-01 11:46:47 AM
Why shake your spear when you can pound some flesh?
 
2013-04-01 11:50:51 AM
His dad, Johnnie "Fingers" Shakespear, was a local "glover" of some ill-repute. There was also mention of a little broggery under the table, but I wouldn't want to lower the tone here.
 
2013-04-01 11:51:06 AM

ChipNASA: "No Shiat......?!?!?!?!"


Elementary, it seems.
 
2013-04-01 11:56:42 AM
Shylock, not Frylock you dunce.
 
2013-04-01 11:57:30 AM
So my Problem/Solution photoshop gets pulled for anti antisemitism (I was just presenting a historical example of the photoshop theme). But a shylock reference gets a pass. I call shenanigans .
 
2013-04-01 11:58:08 AM
Wasnt Shylock a loan-shark?
 
2013-04-01 12:01:15 PM

MemeSlave: Wasnt Shylock a loan-shark?


arguably, but some people have read the play in a way that is sympathetic to Shylock, that he is merely the victim of racial prejudice and trying to make a point/take a stand.  It's easy to read it as a simply comedy of mockery against Shylock, but there are points at which the humanity of Shylock really shine through...
 
2013-04-01 12:09:18 PM
I thought we were still unclear about his real identity.
 
2013-04-01 12:11:48 PM
Chili Shakespeare: Rough business, this movie playwriting business . I'm gonna have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest.
 
2013-04-01 12:55:48 PM
So we can't actually decided if Shakespeare was a real person or a cover for someone like Sir Francis Drake* with any certainty, but historians have decisively concluded that he was a usurious business savvy loan shark and apparently a Jew with a penchant for flesh contract (according to the headline)?


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* pretty sure he was definitely ruled out but he's well known so suck it
 
2013-04-01 01:12:32 PM
Real article or April Fools?
 
2013-04-01 01:18:04 PM
RIP Slylock


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2013-04-01 02:15:31 PM
So he bought grain, had it transported somewhere, stored it, risked theft, spoilage, and market fluctuation, and then had the nerve to sell it at an "inflated" price.  The monster!

Full disclosure: I read some Taming of the Shrew this weekend.  I read it online so the evil barbarian didn't get one shilling of this proles money.
 
2013-04-01 03:05:54 PM
I can't understand why anyone who's read Shakespeare's works full assholery would be surprised to learn that he was an asshole.  We don't make that error about the Bible's authors.
 
2013-04-01 03:13:49 PM

redmid17: So we can't actually decided if Shakespeare was a real person or a cover for someone like Sir Francis Drake* with any certainty, but historians have decisively concluded that he was a usurious business savvy loan shark and apparently a Jew with a penchant for flesh contract (according to the headline)?


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* pretty sure he was definitely ruled out but he's well known so suck it


I thought the fact that what we have of Shakespeare's other writings, showing him to be mainly concerned about money, was one of the "proofs" that he didn't write the plays and sonnets.
 
2013-04-01 03:14:41 PM
Looking at today's rich people in the arts and rich people in general (both democratic and republican) it appears people haven't changed one bit since the time of the Bard.  So what's the big deal?
 
2013-04-01 04:24:20 PM
I'm not surprised. Shakespeare was also a bit of a thief, given the "Merchant of Venice" really owed it's inspiration to Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta".
 
2013-04-01 04:32:23 PM

lumiere: I'm not surprised. Shakespeare was also a bit of a thief, given the "Merchant of Venice" really owed it's inspiration to Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta".


A lot of Shakespeare's works were either completely derivative or direct copies of the general storyline. Hell Romeo and Juliet was "inspired" by a neat little poem called "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet." Shakespeare just rewrote it so it didn't suck and ended up with one of the most popular and well-known pieces of literature in human history.

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2013-04-01 04:53:40 PM

redmid17: lumiere: I'm not surprised. Shakespeare was also a bit of a thief, given the "Merchant of Venice" really owed it's inspiration to Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta".

A lot of Shakespeare's works were either completely derivative or direct copies of the general storyline. Hell Romeo and Juliet was "inspired" by a neat little poem called "The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet." Shakespeare just rewrote it so it didn't suck and ended up with one of the most popular and well-known pieces of literature in human history.

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Thank you Redmin17! I appreciate that nugget of information and was unaware of the origins of "Romeo and Juliet". :)
 
2013-04-01 06:00:05 PM
So, like a lot of smart people in the entertainment industry, Shakespeare didn't quit his day job.  Sounds legit.
 
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