Writer’s Block in Stop-Motion, Shakespeare-Style
What Romeo and Juliette have to do with William Shatner and modern justice.
By Maria Popova
395 years ago tomorrow, the great William Shakespeare took his last breath. Shakespearean Tragedy (A Comedy) is a lovely Claymationesque animated short film about Shakespeare’s writer’s block by 24-year-old Jerusalem-based animator Anna Cohen, exploring something we have an ongoing fascination with: What is creativity, and how do we overcome the obstacles in its way? After previously hearing from the very real Scott Belsky, Rainn Wilson, Kurt Andersen, Stefan Sagmeister, Steven Johnson and Isaac Asimov, it’s time we heard from imaginary-Shakespeare:
Bonus points for the Spakespearean facepalm, no?
Here are a few more intelligent ways to commemorate the iconic playwright:
- How To Read Shakespeare, part of Simon Critchley’s excellent How To Read series on the Western classics
- Approaching Shakespeare — fantastic free iTunes U course from Oxford University
- How to Think Like Shakespeare — ambitious BigThink series featuring a number of video interviews with and articles by cultural critics, neuroscientists, theater directors and more
- A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice — fascinating new book by Kenji Yoshino, incredibly timely in the cultural context of today’s global politics; TNR has a thoughtful review
- William Shatner on Shakespeare vs. new media
Published April 22, 2011