Alas, Poor Buckman

hamlet092208 Alas, Poor BuckmanWe don’t have much to add to this excellent item from Portfolio‘s Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici, except to say that if knowing Shakespeare quotes on sight is the new standard by which media writers are measured, we’ve got some some cramming to do.

Mr. Bercovici quotes The New York Post‘s Adam Buckman’s review of Heroes in which he cites this line of cribbed Shakespeare—"There’s a divinity that shapes our ends – rough hew them how we will"— and suggests that it’s "crazy nonsense" and that its speaker, Malcolm McDowell, "should win an Emmy for keeping a straight face while reciting these lines."

As Shakespeare would say, "Pwnedeth!"