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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Daibhid Ceannaideach
    September 22, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    (It’s worth noting in passing that these words resonated so deeply with Shakespeare’s contemporaries that they soon became famous. Indeed, it seems to have been possible for bitter wits to identify him as their target by parodying them.)

    I have vague recollections of a radio programme that had a theory that Shakespeare – who as a young actor would probably have been playing female roles – wasn’t just identified with the role of Margaret by Greene because he wrote it, but that it was his role.


    • Jack Graham
      September 22, 2016 @ 11:12 am

      That’s plausible, given that one of Greene’s snarks is that Shakespeare is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, an actor whon fancies himself as good a writer as the ‘University Wits’.


  2. Mike
    September 22, 2016 @ 5:59 pm

    Man, I really you’ve caught up on the Hollow Crown because the final moments of that series eerily predicts/echoes what you’ve said here…


    • Jack Graham
      September 22, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

      It’s sat on my shelf, still waiting to be watched. But really looking forward to seeing Sophie Okenado’s performance.


  3. Tom Marshall
    September 23, 2016 @ 11:57 pm

    “Fintan O’Toole, in a wonderful book called Shakespeare is Hard, But So Is Life, says that Othello is as much Iago’s tragedy as it is Othello’s.”

    (Just briefly commenting on this bit for now, though looking forward to returning to read the whole article);

    this is so, so true. I sometimes think “Othello” forms the final act of a greater tragedy called “Iago” where we saw the man he was before, too…

    Have you seen “The Threepenny Opera” that’s on at the moment, Jack? One of my favourite Brecht productions, and my god it’s hard to do Brecht well.


  4. Anglocat
    September 26, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    Jack, I think this is the single best post I’ve read from you, and the best exploration of these characters I’ve seen. Outstanding post, and many thanks for it.


    • Jack Graham
      September 28, 2016 @ 8:40 am

      Thanks; glad you enjoyed it.


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