Thursday, November 4, 2010

Shakespeare at Large

As I was driving home from work on Tuesday after a day of teaching Antony and Cleopatra, I was psyched to here this interview on NPR with author Stacy Schiff talking about her new historical book Cleopatra: A Life.

Besides blowing the lid off the myth of the Egyptian queen's beauty (apparently she was just really charismatic), Schiff also talked about Cleopatra's motherhood. Since she had a son with Julius Caesar and three children with Marc Antony, she was quite the power reproducer (definitely not a mommy I'd like to hang out with on my more vulnerable days--okay, like on any day.) As Schiff put it:

"She gets an enormous amount of mileage out of having children."

Today I was so tired, and my brain was so clogged with the shreds of detritus that make up the fabric of a working parent's life, that I tried to unlock my office door by pressing the blue button on my automatic car key.

Mileage. Yeah. I'd like me some of that.

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