Is Hillary Clinton One of Us?



I’m sure you’ve noticed that Hillary Clinton is just about everywhere these days, including in the New York Times Book Review.

On June 15, in conjunction with the rollout of her book, Hard Choices, there was an interview in the Review in which Ms Clinton spoke about the books she likes and the ones she doesn’t.

She’s a big reader. She  likes Laura Hillenbrand, Walter Isaacson, Hilary Mantel and Toni Morrison. Dostoevsky made a big impression on her. E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver and W.B. Yeats. She recommends Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice; Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa; and Shindler’s List, by Thomas Keneally. All laudable works.

But our interest was really piqued when we read the answer to this question: “You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited? Instead of naming three writers, she named just one: William Shakespeare.

“I’d choose to have one guest for a long dinner: William Shakespeare. I’m curious to see who would show up and what he really wrote.”

We of course can’t say for sure, but it sure seems like she may have some doubts about who would walk into her dining room, and what manuscripts he might be carrying under his courtly arm.

Mark Rylance Celebrates his 3rd Tony; Comments on “Slander” from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Mark Rylance accepts Tony (his 3rd)  for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for ‘Twelfth Night’

Mark Rylance accepts Tony (his 3rd) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for ‘Twelfth Night’


               Mark Rylance has loved the works of Shakespeare since he was sixteen years old. He has devoted his life to performing the plays (staging over 55 of them) and interpreting their inexhaustible meanings. He helped create the “new” Globe Theater in London and was its artistic director for its first ten years. Mark believes there is both historical and literary merit to inquiring into the Shakespeare authorship question, and even looking at other writers besides the traditional man from Stratford. He has never been strident or overly zealous about the issue, but he has taken a very courageous stand (after all, the Shakespeare establishment launches fierce attacks against any public figure with the tenacity to question their feeble orthodox version of the story), and has encouraged research into this enigmatic question.


                 As a result, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (the people responsible for maintaining the legacy of the Stratford Man) has slandered Rylance by publically referring to him as “anti-Shakespearean.” It was of course absurd, but showed how shameless the Birthplace Trust can be when defending their “man.”

                  So it was a great thing for Mark to be recognized at the Tony Awards In New York for his Shakespeare work. He’s won previous Tonys for  Boeing-Boeing and Jerusalem, but it was especially gratifying for him – and a boost for the Shakespeare Canon overall – to be named best actor in a featured role for his portrayal of Olivia in the spectacular production of 12th Night. “It’s nice to be celebrated for my Shakespeare work at the moment,” he said, “because I love Shakespeare. I’ve loved him since I first came across the plays. And it hurts me to be slandered in that way.”  (see link below to his comments)

 Congratulations Mark!

For your artistry and unwavering courage.

                                    The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable