First public notice that was ever made of Shakespeare was from a grub Street writer Robert Greene who called him an upstart crow beautified
With our feathers in the book
In the book under that title on the board is the beautified feather thing because Greene knew that Shakespeare was the Earl of Oxford
Absolutely, not not even close I
The Earl of Oxford published poetry, okay, and it wasn’t any good
I mean it Oxford been able to get a play put on he had a broken leg to do it
I mean, can you think of any human being that would for any reason not put his name on Hamlet?
The Oxfordian thing the anti-stress 14 thing what pisses people off about Shakespeare
What lies behind every controversy about Shakespeare?
range over the nature an
unequal distribution of talent
Rage that genius appears where it appears for no material reason at all
Desiring a thing
Cannot make you have it
Now the trouble with writing if I may bring it up here in the English department
As we all do a little over from time to time
writing and some of us start to think
Maybe with a little time a little piece a little money in the bank
can you get that room your own you think well shit I
Might be a writer too. I
Mean we accept genius in sports as something we cannot do
But it’s no more likely that you could be a writer that you could be what an Olympic pole-vaulter
Because what you have to be before you try to be a pole-vaulter
Hello is a pole vaulter? No
Yeah, you are one a pole vaulter a novelist. No. I am NOT for me to be a novelist
I would have to make a deal with myself that it was, okay
Being a mediocrity in a profession that died commercially in the last century. All right, people do that
I’m not one of them if you take away nothing else from my class from this experience. Let it be this
If you’re not a genius
Don’t bother. All right, the world needs plenty of electricians and a lot of them are happy
I’ll be fucked if I’ll be a midlist novelist getting good reviews from the people I give good reviews to
Let’s have a look at Dexter Dexter I
Don’t want an area looking young man
what size 40 jacket regular features and
Decent dentition is the second-ranked collegiate tennis player in the United States of America
How’d that come about Dexter you come from tennis family? I?
Mean I started playing five years ago in high school cuz the tennis guys are the best weed
After you started to tell us how long was it before you better than everybody before I was better than everybody before I knew it
What happened when you noticed you were naturally better than everybody?
I’m not interested in the game. That is an IQ break point brother
Right there. Do you remember Machiavelli? That would have been in September? I?
Can remember September, all right, is it the game brother or the money?
Huh where to a farmer fame of virtue? What are you after don’t go modest on me you want. Oh,
Hey you got ambitious. Yeah, I realized as I learned about the game that I was in reaches in reach of
Highest level yeah
But still a gamble, isn’t it?
Look, I’m a literature teacher. I can’t write well him to bother. I just don’t bother whichever whichever it is
There’ll be no apotheosis around here. There’ll be no Wai puto Dale’s feel around here
That’s what the improvers phase-in said on his deathbed dear me. I think I becoming a god
But you know who does right at the highest level when most of us and even I even I write barely adequately
Do you know who it is in this room? Who is it?
Don’t give me that look no no no, no, no. No, it isn’t the one who talks the most. You’re an NPR who’s tops? Okay
the literary person in here
Is Miss Phillips
She’s Elise obstreperous in this room
The quietest in the only one
Who can have a real career at letters? Some of you can have one perceptually?
Can have one in reality?
She is better at writing
Than our us personally. Amateur. Number two is a tennis yet. She chooses to hide or just blend in with the rest of you
Why is that miss Phillips
Being in the middle is the safest place to be what do you come from?
Ohio Ohio parents of geniuses by any chance filthy rich
No, well, your dad wasn’t the Earl of Oxford was he no, no
How old were you when you read I
Was to June. Well, that’s early. It’s prodigiously any advantages literary home life
What’s your father
Well, you worked in a factory well your mother
What she was an alcoholic she
But wasn’t your dad I don’t see how this is pertinent
No advantages, no peer of the realm
You’re not the Earl of Oxford. Are you No?
No, why are you better than the rest of us?
No, you look at me
You are better than the rest of us if no one’s told you get your genius in an artist
Let me be the first. Okay, I don’t know if you can say that
Cuz I think it’s subjective man. I mean we all have something to offer
Genius is magical. Not materially
If you don’t have the magic no amount of wishing will make itself
If you plan to continue to come to my class you sit in the front where you belong but don’t bother showing up
Have a nice day