What would the Bard have to say to his many critics if he showed up to mark the 400th anniversary of his death?
April 25, 2016
You are in good company if you hold Shakespeare in disdain. The roster of famous writers and celebrated personages who have picked
quarrels with Shakespeare runs long. Who do you most align with—the poet laureate, Nahum Tate, Voltaire, Tolstoy?
Tate adapted King Lear into a crowd pleaser—giving King Lear a happy ending, restoring Lear to mental healthy and marrying Cordelia off to Edgar. He was of the school of thought that insists on happy endings—no matter what!
Voltaire loved and hated Shakespeare. He translated his works into French and perversely meddled and added his improvements. Voltaire knew what Shakespeare really intended to write.
Tolstoy believed Shakespeare was delusional in his praise of Lear. When you don’t agree with something you can always dismiss it with the conviction the person who holds a different opinion from you is simply delusional.
Virginia Woolf’s disdain follows a more common held belief—Shakespeare had a habit of throwing in a volley of words to disguise “when tension was slack.”
What would the Bard have to say to all of this if he showed up to mark the 400 anniversary of his death? He might answer his critics that even the greatest of writers are “such stuff as dreams are made of, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
April 25, 2016
A poem deposits a feeling on my doorstep like no other literary form. I think all too often we put poetry on the living room mantle—to be taken down in times of needing to mark an occasion. I see no reason to save poetry for only solemn moments. There is a poem waiting to celebrate […]
South China Morning Post quotes Diane on the recent tragic cluster of childhood suicides In Hong Kong
March 21, 2016
The recent cluster of suicide among children in Hong Kong is disturbing and has provoked some much needed soul searching for all adults. It is critically important to speak openly and candidly with children about the pressures they feel to succeed, to be the best.The burden children feel inside the overriding message— that only the […]
March 1, 2016
Diane will be returning to work with Bring Me A Book Hong Kong; The leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong Learn the art of Conversational Reading from the educator who coined the phrase herself, Diane Frankenstein. Conversational Reading follows a simple equation: Read a book, Ask a question, Start a conversation. Diane’s workshops […]
February 20, 2016
Read to Grow, an organization dedicated to building literacy from birth, makes findings available from Science Daily. It’s estimated that half of the world’s population speaks two or more languages. The unique feature of the study was the finding that the more language switching toddlers engaged in, the more it benefitted the problem-solving skills of […]