Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!
I used to say that I didn’t like Shakespeare. Yes. It’s true. Throughout high school, and my first year at college, I adamantly denied the talent of The Bard. Whether it was the fault of a high school that subjected students to Shakespeare out of necessity rather than actual understanding, or if I was just too much of a theatrical hipster to like his work, I may never know. What I do know now, though, is that William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the history of the human species. No one since him has written a play that’s even half as good as the worst of Shakespeare’s plays. That’s right. I said it. Even Merry Wives of Windsor is a work of genius. I am prepared to duel you on that point.