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Future Imitation

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Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all that, do you think Shakespeare, if he were alive today, would be dismayed by how much he is referenced in our current literature?  I speak not of a dismay at being referenced per se, but the quantity of being referenced, especially in the grandest of our literature.  One can imagine him as an avid reader – I doubt that’s too much of a biographical stretch – and yet nowadays he wouldn’t be able to turn sideways in a library without bumping into a mention of him.  His is a fame without papparazzi, but perhaps all the more insidious because of it.  Every book he might enjoy could be ruined by yet another mention of him, for would not you be ripped out of the imagined world if a character said, “and that Adam fellow, I really like his books”, or if it referenced a character of yours, etc?

Good thing he’s dead, I suppose.


Written by epistemysics

September 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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