Dave Warfield and Shylock

A new end for the Merchant.

A beautiful interview from 1901, when he’s thinking about it, a publicity shot for his performances 20 years later, some thoughts from Cary Mazer.

Re an unconventional cooking project over at the Organ-Grinder, I had this dream last night where Portia asks Shylock how he’s going to prepare his pound of Antonio, suggests a better way:

High-quality gravy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the meat beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that cooks and him that eats

… and ends up cutting the Christian and marrying the Jew. There’s a little bit of caliban/cannibal in us all.

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