April 23, 2014 is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. As an actor and a writer, I’m inclined to celebrate such a historic event in some dramatic and literary way!
Thus I have decided to spend the day bellowing Shakespearian insults throughout New York City. Why?
- I’m great at bellowing. You probably wouldn’t know it from this blog, but I have a seriously loud voice.
- I’m tired of the New York cliché anthem, “Fuck you, asshole”. It is said and heard so many times in this city that it no longer carries the same weight as it does in say, Cleveland.
- Shakespeare was a master insulter. Perhaps the best on record. Now I wouldn’t doubt he said “Fuck you, asshole” when some idiot knight cut off his horse once. But in his plays the variation of insults, many take the “fuck you” sentiment above and beyond, is astounding.
- It’ll be easy because I just got this super fun book.
Authors Sarah Royal and Jillian Hofer have compiled over a hundred of Shakespeare’s best insults into a mix-and-match book called THOU SPLEENY SWAG-BELLIED MISCREANT. All I have to do with this handy dandy book is flip up from the 3 sets of pages and I have juicy things to yell at cab drivers! You PERNICIOUS, HARPY, WHORE-SON- I have the right of way! You almost killed me!
How fun is that? I’m seriously giving this book to all my New York actor friends: together we’ll change the way this city curses! Best birthday present ever, right Shakespeare?
That’s my present to Shakespeare. To you readers, I’m giving away a copy of the book! Yep, it’s a Shakespeare birthday giveaway! To enter this give-away all you have to do is share this post on Facebook or Twitter. Then just leave a comment below saying you shared it. That’s it! You have until Sunday April 27th to enter. I’ll announce the winner on Monday! And if you can’t wait until then, find it at your local bookstore or online.
Book copy for give-away provided by Perseus Book Group, who contacted me to write this post. That said, I was not otherwise compensated to host this give-away.