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Ira Glass May Hate Shakespeare, But He's Pretty Good At Reciting It

Today on our show, Shakespeare sux.

Posted on July 29, 2014, at 12:01 p.m. ET

Ira Glass threw some shade at Shakespeare and everybody got really worried about white people, who maybe felt like their two biggest idols were breaking up.

@JohnLithgow as Lear tonight: amazing. Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.

Ira Glass@iraglass

@JohnLithgow as Lear tonight: amazing. Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.

12:12 AM - 28 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But actually, our main man Ira is a big fan of Willy the Shake.

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He does a mean Hamlet, tbh.

For all his complaining, he does a pretty good King Lear.

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The motivation is just so CLEAR.

He's the modern Shakespeare of our time, people. This is a very meta example of Ira using King Lear to express his feelings about King Lear.

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But if you really want to hear how This American Life can make Shakespeare relatable, check out this classic episode Act V about a prison group performing Hamlet.

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