the idiotplayers podcast 09: Hamlet & The Divided Self

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The idiotplayers podcast is a caravanserai of conversations with important thinkers, be-ers and doers. The idiotplayers podcast aims to explore art, creativity and expression.  If there is an elephant standing in the dark, as the Sufi story goes, we want to do more than grope and theorize. We invite conversations with people who aim from the heart to make practical, the far-reaching.

Lawrence Olivier as Hamlet

Welcome to idiotplayers podcast episode 09. In this episode something different. In idiotplayers podcast 08 Anthony Blake spoke of the divided self and mentioned how he agreed with JG Bennett that Shakespeare was the master of dramatizing the divided self. He also mentioned that among Shakespeare’s plays, that he considered Hamlet the razor’s edge of this mastery, and so I’m aiming in this podcast to cross swords between myself and the task of bringing important aspects of the divided self into view. I’ll be drawing on material from JG Bennett, Anthony Blake, RD Laing, Maurice Nicoll and Margaret Atwood, weaving this together with my own commentary as well as some musical selections that I hope will fit with the subject.


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Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Hamlet. Project Gutenberg, July 2000. PDF.


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