Look on’t again I dare not

After a long string of new (to me) books, I recently decided to pick up one that I have read before: Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. Rereading books was something that I did often as a teenager and young adult because I really enjoyed living in worlds where I knew I […]

Eastcheap makes it to semi-finals of Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries

Poor Jack, farewell! We wrote. We edited. But, like most people who submit something to be published or accepted for the theater, our words did not conquer. The Last Syllable team decided to take a first crack at playwriting. (If Shakespeare could do it, why can’t we!?) The product of that effort was Eastcheap, a […]

The Winter Holidays: A Time for Stories

I can’t quite get into the spirit of holidays like many others do. The same old festivities on a specific day of each year appear inauthentic. The artificial cheer, the clothing, the costumes, the tired symbolism—all seem to feed our hunger for superficial comforts. The food, the gifts, the decorations—they satisfy the glut of consumerism […]

A New World’s Crown: Shakespeare and Meghan Markle

When the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle exploded across the internet, I found myself … oddly interested. Any news about the royal family in Britain leads me to ask, “Really, this again?” Being opposed to a government structure that involves monarchy, I have to keep some sort of emotional distance […]

New Ideas are Probably Old Ideas

The benefits of reading history continually surprise me. It’s not as thrilling as reading an intense novel or as intellectually stimulating as philosophy or astrophysics, perhaps, but it can equip and expand our understanding of humanity more than almost any other subject. Among the most astonishing lessons hidden in the story of humankind is that […]

Zoa joins Last Syllable Press as co-editor

When the opportunity arose for me to join Last Syllable Press, I took it because – among other reasons – it is a concept rooted in an appreciation and respect for William Shakespeare’s work. The height of literature to me is when a piece of writing grasps and illuminates a universal truth about humanity, and […]