Category Archives: Biography

Keefer Madness: Keith Richards’ Life

First, the good news. Life, Keith Richards’ autobiography, (Hachette Audio, 2010, with James Fox, read by Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley and featuring Keith Richards – I’ll have more to say about this lineup later) is a very entertaining, if long, … Continue reading

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Cleopatra Reconsidered

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety . . . “Her” is Cleopatra, of course, in Shakespeare’s famous assessment. I went back to Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra after listening to Cleopatra: A Life, by … Continue reading

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An open letter to Christopher Hitchens — Hitch-22

Dear Hitch, I feel as though I can call you Hitch, although I don’t know you. You seem to know everyone else, though, so perhaps one day you will know me. I was going to write that you drop more … Continue reading

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Ackroyd on or about Shakespeare

At some point, assuming the earth doesn’t suffer an extinction-level event, the number of biographies of William Shakespeare will exceed the number of people living on the planet. Okay, I exaggerate. Slightly. But a lot of books have been written … Continue reading

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