Asinine, Horse

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

I read Hamlet once, and it was good. Never read Macbeth, or Othello, or a Midsummer Night’s Dream, nor have I been to see Shakespeare in the Park, or even a glossy Hollywood remake stripping all of the poetry and power from the words and replacing them with snappy comebacks, last words before leaving, and every other cliche that Hollywood requires to dump millions of dollars on a budget and assuredly make them all back and then some. Eventually, you don’t need to read, or even watch these tales though, they become so ingrained in our culture that all the major points can be absorbed. All the plot motions and rising and falling actions have been adapted and rebuilt into so many other things that nothing is surprising anymore. And that’s not the author’s fault, whoever he may be, it’s the fault of thousands of others who, faced with innovation or success, chose the obvious road.  And that’s not their fault either. New ideas are hard, and most of the time, they’re not even new. But how do you know that? How do you ever get anything done when you sit back and realize that everything you can do is already old hat?

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