I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.
More Quotes from Stephen Greenblatt:The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
I believe in broken, fractured, complicated narratives, but I believe in narratives as a vehicle for truth, not simply as a form of entertainment, though I love entertainment, but also a way of conveying what needs to be conveyed about the works that I care about.
I believe that nothing comes of nothing, even in Shakespeare. I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working with and what he did with that matter.
But the trick of holding off and having all the pieces come together at the moment of the revelation was something I must have learned quite early.
It is not that Shakespeare's art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing.
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But even in elementary school and junior high, I was very interested in space and in the space program.
I just want to be able to sit on grass as long as I want to, without anybody telling me to leave. Everything is so restricted, here, in that you actually have to stand behind a line, you can't go up the Canyon and enjoy the view.
We have dozens and dozens and dozens of judicial nominees up there waiting and we have a court system that's crying out for more judges.