Saturday, October 04, 2008

Even Stephen

Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt faces off with Stephen Colbert on the Presidential candidates' resemblance to Shakespearean characters.


  • "Sure, MacBeth murdered his friend the king, but that just makes him a McMaverick."
  • "I think you've got a weak trochee in there."
  • "I think Shakespeare thought all his life about precisely military heroism and whether it c0uld translate into leadership... and of course, he thought, it almost never did... A total catastrophe, and not only a total catastrophe, but a horrible exchange of honor for power and power exercised terribly."
  • Also, the glorious exchange of quotations at the end.

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