Birthplace Trust Meets Anonymous

Posted By on October 25, 2011

Shakespeare Excised by Birthplace Trust. Some suspect the hand of Anonymous, who may have been reading this blog. Information pertaining to that possibility shall be held in the strictest confidence.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust says “enough is enough.”

The Trust has taken international relations and the history of literature into its own hands to protest that Warwickshire is no longer Shakespeare County, papering over the word “Shakespeare’s” in the phrase “Shakespeare’s County.”

The sign now reads “Welcome to Warwickshire County.”

We have pondered long and hard the meaning of this symbolic protest. We cannot tell.

Was it better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of that damned anonymous, or take spraypaint to the bear chained to the ragged staff?

Perhaps ’twas  merely another way of paraphrasing Harold Bloom’s immortal words that Shakespeare is at “once no one and everyone, nothing and everything, nowhere and everywhere, proton and moron.”

Well, that last part might be made up.

Sorry. It was just too way too much temptation, I mean once we get past the nothing part we’re really in lalaland and ought to be allowed to write anything we please, wouldn’t you agree?

Metaphysics always comes in handy when you need him to get you out of a jam or two, like you just happen to be missing the most famous author in history and can’t find him, for the life of you, even with the most au courant modern ways of thinking like those found at dispositio.

As Feste would remark at this point, gentlemen, take away the fool.

Does Emmerich have a mole in the Birthplace Trust? As some Facebook wag recently remarked, “you can’t ask for this kind of publicity.”

And as this website’s own guest blogger Heward Wilkinson also remarked in another Facebook context,  our answer to such questions might depend on “whether the people who dreamt it up have a sense of irony!! It might, after all, be a very adroit way of advertising Stratford, on the tacit assumption, which we have already discussed, that a good publicity war means gains all round….”

Ah, Stanley Wells is really grinning now. 🙂

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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