Friday, October 28th, 2016

Turner Classic Movies is showing a series of classic Shakespeare films. I went to the invaluable IMDB movie site to find out if it was true that Hamlet was made in black and white because Laurence Olivier was having a dispute with Technicolor. (Yes, it is true.) I had to laugh at this: It’s a […]

Those of you who are parents will know about this program for kids in grade school. The AR program is supposedly set up to make kids read. They need to accumulate so many points before they can go to the next level. Rather than encourage kids to challenge themselves by reading something a little difficult […]

Perhaps Ira Glass believed that line about Shakespeare being better in the original Klingon. Same thing with the great Mark Rylance shows this yr: fantastic acting, surprisingly funny, but Shakespeare is not relatable, unemotional. — Ira Glass (@iraglass) July 28, 2014 @dpecs that maybe Shakespeare sucks — Ira Glass (@iraglass) July 28, 2014 John Podhoretz, […]

Slave, I have set my life upon a cast, And I will stand the hazard of the die: I think there be six Richmonds in the field; Five have I slain to-day instead of him. A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! – Richard III Print this entry

Slate Magazine’s Alyssa Rosenberg can be taken off the list of serious people. She reviewed an updated, politically correct version of Romeo and Juliet (I know) and still found it wanting. The fault is not with the stars, but with Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet itself hasn’t aged well. The story follows Juliet Capulet, who is […]

A black day will it be to somebody. – Richard III, Act V, iii Print this entry

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Jan 19, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:6A     Winter of discontent   No case for the Walker recall   (James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)     Now is the winter of our discontent, as Shakespeare wrote. With the falling snow […]

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will veto the Shakespeare for juvenile delinquents program, and the Wisconsin DOT put an end to building a bicycle path over the Hoan Bridge because it would slow down traffic and create unsafe road conditions. I wrote on the Shakespeare issue and the Hoan Bridge issue for the MacIver Institute. […]

Meanwhile, over at the MacIver Institute where they teach us how to make a state budget out of a rubber band, some talcum powder and a paper clip, I had a couple of fun op-ed pieces recently. Last week my column took a ride over the Hoan Bridge. In a car, the way God intended […]

If there are no coincidences, then the timing of Bill Ayers’ speech in Milwaukee and the spread of Occupy Wall Street to Milwaukee’s Zeidler Park should have some meaning, right? I look for that meaning in this week’s column for the MacIver Institute. An excerpt: Now it’s time for another round of labor-supported protests and […]