Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shakespeare at Large


In her column on biological siblings Steve Jobs and novelist Mona Simpson Maureen Dowd likens their fractured family situation to the plot of The Tempest.

Their parents put Jobs up for adoption; Simpson came along after the couple was married, and they raised her. Or at least, her mother did. Let's just say that their father isn't gonna be getting any "Dad of the Year" awards any time soon. Dowd writes: "Like Shakespearean drama, where fathers haunt and where siblings are swept apart by a shipwreck only to learn later that the other is still alive, Steve and Mona met only in their mid-20s."

I was going to write about a couple more Shakespeare plays that remind me of Jobs' family story, but then I realized that they all kinda do.

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