Folk Thursday: Darkness

Johnny Cash sings Will Oldham. My kids listened to this the other day before reading the “to be or not to be” speech from Hamlet. I think it helped them understand Hamlet’s frame of mind.

I’m grateful to my department chair for letting us read Hamlet instead of Julius Caesar. I personally think Caesar is one of the worst things Shakespeare ever wrote. Hamlet is a much better choice for teenagers, because the title character is this angsty drama king (my kids describe him as “emo”) who hates his parents, tells a lot of dirty jokes, and can’t get along with his girlfriend’s dad. Most sophomores can identify with Hamlet a lot better than they identify with Caesar.


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