Living the Language

June 24, 2012
(was 07.03.2011)

If you think the influence of Shakespeare is confined to the page and the stage, think again. Take starlings, the aggressive European birds who’ve pushed a lot of Native American birds out of their nests. They were introduced by a Shakespeare fanatic, who loosed dozens of them in Central Park.  We're considering the real world influence of language, from the Pulitzer-Prize winning work of Oscar Hijuelos to the Bard himself.

  1. Stephen Marche on Shakespeare's Influence

    Stephen Marche is the author of "How Shakespeare Changed Everything." He tells Anne Strainchamps why he thinks Shakespeare is the most important figure in history.

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  2. Arthur Phillips on Writing Shakespeare

    Novelist Arthur Phillips is the author of "The Tragedy of Arthur." The book tells the story of a fictional character, also named Arthur Phillips, whose family finds a lost Shakespeare play.

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  3. David Orr on Modern Poetry

    David Orr says modern poetry shouldn't intimidate us. He's the author of "Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry."

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  4. Oscar Hijuelos on Losing and Finding Language

    Oscar Hijuelos is the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature for his book "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." His memoir is called "Thoughts Without Cigarettes."

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