Guest Picks: James Shapiro

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his documentary, "Shakespeare: The King's Man." He also told us what he's been reading recently -- aside from the Bard's plays.

What have you read or seen over the past year that moved or surprised you?

         Colm Toibin, "Testament of Mary" — both the book and the Broadway production were brilliant and moving.


What are you listening to right now?

         Like half the world, Adele. Amazing voice.


What’s the last great book you read?

         "Macbeth," which I’m rereading and rereading all the time, just trying to get deeper into this haunting and strange play.

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

         I grew up in Brooklyn, but still feel loyalties to the Mets from the Dodgers in the ‘60s. I’m old school, a fan who doesn’t easily change loyalties. Football: Giants.


What’s your favorite comfort food?

         Difara Pizza, on “Avenue I” in Midwood section of Brooklyn. Best pizza in the universe, hands down.


James Shapiro


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