Wow! Cultural commentator Jon Salt really raises some good points in his new blog about Shakespeare.

Cultural Self Improvement

  1. He’s timeless (actually he was born in 1564 and died 1616). However his plays live on. And therefore he lives on forever. Like God. And Margaret Thatcher.
  2. He’s bawdy. There’s rumors that he slept around, but he was obviously a deeply sexual man, and I can relate to that.
  3. As well as a great playwright, he also liked to act. It’s a bit like the Bee Gees, who although good at writing songs for others, couldn’t resist the limelight.
  4. He wasn’t on Twitter or Facebook and I respect that. Granted it was in a time before the internet existed. But he didn’t try and invent it. He was happy just writing his plays.
  5. He’s universal. His plays are performed all over the world. Including Manchester.
  6. He was ahead of his time. In Othello he predicted that black people could hold positions of power. 400 years later out steps Will Smith…

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