I’d love to have had backstage access for a Globe Theatre production circa 1600. The next best thing, I suppose, other than delving into a great Stephen Greenblatt essay, is reading Gaiman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
With that story, we know a dream version of what it was like when Shakespeare completed his deal with Dream/Morpheus/Sandman. It’s a marvelous piece of literature, reflective and reverent toward its source inspiration while augmenting the issue of parallel identities and role-playing. And the illustrations are superb. Dreamy, satisfying, and complex.
Peep the panel at the end of page 13. Hobgoblin says, “This is magnificent — and it is true! It never happened; yet it is still true. What magic art is this?” A perfect summation of a perfect story based on a perfect story. ~”Juanito”
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This is magnificent–and it is true! It never happened; yet it is still true. What magic art is this?
That quote should be carved into the forehead of any fraudulent non-fiction writer without the guts to remove the crutch of “this really happened”–which it didn’t anyway–from his work. ~”Miller”
(Two AV Club comments.)