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Along with my other heresies, I add to it my growing doubt that William Shakespeare of Stratford was the writer of the plays under William Shakespeare’s name and my growing suspicion that it was the Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere.
One of the things us Oxfordians have to deal with is the charge of snobbery for doubting that someone who owned zero books, has no record of travel, and quite possibly was illiterate could write the erudite works of Shakespeare. But why is it that in the middle of accusing us of intellectual snobbery do they always go on to say that Shakespeare was probably more educated? As bizarre as it sounds it happens over and over. Here’s an example:
The Baconians, the Oxfordians, and supporters of other candidates have one trait in common -they are snobs. Every pro-Bacon or pro-Oxford tract sooner or later claims that they historical William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could not have written the plays because he could not have had the training, the university education, the experience, and indeed the imagination or background their author supposedly possessed…As it happens, lucky male children of the middle class had access to better education than most aristocrats in Elizabethan England -and Oxford was not particularly well educated.
-A. R. Braunmuller
Certainly not so well educated as you, Mr. Braunmuller.
Across the Universe was dreadful and only likable to shameless fans, but despite writing some of the most insipid lyrics ever they are given the Shakespearian treatment by the film; meaning every line is delivered as if it were the weightiest gold. The soundtrack does nothing by draw out the songs, slowing them down to octogenarian Southern Baptist Hymn speed. I suppose because they are sacred.
But being forced to hear these lyrics I realized their most famous songs are simply blaise heretical thought. Consider:
“Nothing’s gonna change my world”
“All you need is love”
“Let it be”
Movie Heresy: “The Family Man” is a better Xmas movie than “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Music Heresy: “Hail to the Thief” is a better Radiohead album than “OK Computer”
Literature Heresy: While I still hold Tolkien in high regard I do not consider him a great writer. Also if I had to take or leave Jane Austen, I’d leave her.