Happiest of Fridays, my friends! Welcome back to Nerd Cactus, your home for literary pairings, authorial rants, occasional wit, and (more-often-than-not) irreverent/entertaining videos. We welcome you most heartily to this, our latest installment of Boozy Books. *fanfare*
Because tomorrow is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death day I will be pairing a rather wonderful book about Shakespeare entitled: Reduced Shakespeare: the Complete Guide for the Attention Impaired (abridged). And, yes, this was written by the mad geniuses behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor (of the Reduced Shakespeare Company) have compiled a brilliant and hysterical guide to all things “Bard”.
Though this is technically an educational non-fiction volume (and we typically cover fiction), it’s thoroughly engaging and reads as a book of leisure. Full of quips, sarcastic side-notes, study guides for each play, and other “learned nonsense” this book is as entertaining as it is (accidentally?) educational. You will absolutely learn about William Shakespeare while reading this book, and I promise it won’t feel like school. Of course, assuming you’re reading while drinking with our pairing then it REALLY won’t feel like school.
So, what to pair with this deliciously silly work? In the spirit of Shakespeare I’d say mead, BUT given the loopy lightness and condensed way in which the subject is treated I think a fruity drink is in order. Like… A pineapple and strawberry mojito. Yeah. And you should drink it through a crazy straw. Because Reduced Shakespeare.
Strawberry Pineapple Mojito Recipe: http://www.momontimeout.com/2015/04/pineapple-strawberry-mojito-recipe/