Andrew Sullivan’s reporting that that dink, Jonathan Franzen says
Yes, in theory, words are words. But literature isn’t data. The difference between Shakespeare on a BlackBerry and Shakespeare in the Arden Edition is like the difference between vows taken in a shoe store and vows taken in cathedral
which just goes to show you what a wrong-headed elitist dink said dink, Jonathan Franzen, is, because anyone who believes that the essense of Shakespeare is found in the pages of the Arden Edition is not only missing the forest for the trees, he’s missing the god damn trees.
You want Shakespeare, you go see Shakespeare performed.
He was, after all, a playwrite.