Starting with one of my favorite quotes ("Each line in Shakespeare is an atom. The energy that can be released is infinite – if we can split it open."), Alan K. Farrar sits down to review what, I'm not quite sure. The transcript of a lecture given by Peter Brook in 1996...but does that mean it's newly published and only just now available, or something he's just gotten his hands on? Perhaps he'll tell us.
Anyway, I'm becoming more and more fascinated with this Brook character, a name I'd never heard until Rosenbaum's lavish praise in Shakespeare Wars. I mean, seriously, the man spends the first 50 pages travelling around the world and asking people if they'd seen Brooks' production of Dream, and then saying "Wasn't it awesome?" Obviously I've got to learn more about Mr. Brook and his influence on our modern understanding Shakespeare.
Why isn't Shakespeare Out of Date? Alan tells us that this is the question Brooks' short (32 pages) hopes to answer. I love that question. I think it's one of the most important questions, as a matter of fact. At least as far as justifying why we're all still sitting around talking about the man.
I know he hangs out here, so perhaps Alan will tell us a little more about the book. Unlike us whoring Americans, he doesn't put any Amazon links in his post :).