Today, in honor of Shakespeare's birthday, we add our voices to those of our fellow bloggers on the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust Happy Birthday Shakespeare! website. We've been asked to say a little something about how Shakespeare's influenced our lives.
How do we begin to answer that? He's a lot of things to us, including the source of our income, which is how we're able to go out to Starbucks and buy cool clothes off the sales rack at Anthropologie once in a while.
Sometimes Shakespeare just makes us laugh, especially when we imagine how he and his characters would strut and fret their way around the 21st-century stage. We like to imagine what his characters would post on craigslist, or what they'd write to Santa (many thanks to McSweeney's Internet Tendency for indulging us with those).