“Oh, Shakespeare. What class?”

That’s a common response to the following: “What are you reading?” I show them the cover.

I’m reading Shakespeare, it must mean it’s for school right? That’s the idea in most people’s heads. It isn’t really surprising to me, but I find it funny that the idea that I might be reading some of Shakespeare’s works for anything other than school rarely crosses people’s minds. Hm… I wonder why that is.

Then I reply with something like, “No, just for fun. I like it…. one of the few who do.” Which often elicits a small laugh. The conversation occasionally continues with “I haven’t heard of that one.” “Yeah, it’s not one of the ‘big ones.'” “Oh.”

Just another day in the life of Shakespeare Nerd. Non-stop entertainment!