The Free Radio
The Prophet's Hair
Harmony of Spheres
Chekov and Zulu
Read William Shakespeare's Hamlet (or failing that, watch a cinematic production of it (or failing even that, read a summary of it on a website of cliff-notes). Write a brief account of Yorick's role.
Write a glossary of the more obscure terms used by Rushdie in “Yorick”.
Write a section-by-section summary of the plot of “Yorick”.
Discuss the themes and moral of “Yorick”.
Pick an obscure or non-present character from one of your favourite books and write a short story.
Multiple levels of literary recursion are not uncommon. For instance, James Joyce's, Ulysses (itself a homage to Homer's Odessey ), and Oscar Wilde's short story, The Portrait of Mr W. H. , both discuss the identity of the muse of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Similarly, the indie cult-film, Clerks has an extended dialogue about the ethics of the Death Star being destroyed while it was being constructed (presumably by contractors). Write your own story about a story.
Write a short story that emulates the form of writing that Rushdie employs in “Yorick” (e.g. at times directly addressing the audience; dialogue written as though it were a play; multiple time frames and narrative levels; etc.)
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