Apr 29, 2007

The Wilson Variorum

Interviewing Harry Lennix for the LA Times was a pleasure, not least because he taught me a word I'm ashamed to say I didn't know: a "variorum," or scholarly edition of a much-changed and/or much-commented-on text, particularly Shakespeare. One detail I didn't get a chance to include: that the recent L.A. production of Macbeth that Lennix headlined set the play in "Dred Scott-land," an alternate world reflecting the full scope of the African diaspora.

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