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David Blixt
Chicago
Actor, Author, Father, and Husband. In reverse order.
Interests: Historical Fiction, travel, old time radio, stage combat, comic books, swing music, shakespeare, Looney Tunes, and Muppets.
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Before the National Endowment for the Arts, there was the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, which supported the rise of visual artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Thomas Hart Benton... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at David Blixt
Dibs barely made it to the Tower on time, only to find the street before it mobbed with protesters. He had to flash his ID several times before the cops paid him any attention, and by then he had drawn... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at David Blixt
It happened fast, so fast that it made Dibs’ head spin. Barely 24 hours after that meeting, the National Security Advisor resigned in a cloud, not of sulpher but of mustard gas, which seemed to leave everyone asked for comment... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at David Blixt
Joe Dibs reported for work feeling ill at ease. Something said to him on the way into the Director's office had his hackles up. “They want an honest assessment,” the assistant had informed him. Oh Christ, no, thought Dibs. An... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at David Blixt
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I'm a Tom Clancy fan (at least his early stuff, before he disavowed editors). Let me see if I can imitate him. Nick Glenn, a young outsider CIA analyst, sees a troubling pattern. International leaks and campaigns of misinformation are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at David Blixt
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Listen up, Quirites! Sordelet Ink is giving away 20 copies COLOSSUS: SWORD AND STEEL on Audible! Read by the inestimable Brian J Gill! All you have to do to enter is join the Sordelet Ink mailing list! So what are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at David Blixt
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Hey there. Long time no chat. On my end it's simply a matter of life being lived, theatre being made, kids being played with, and occasionally writing getting done. But as the Michigan Shakespeare Festival once again winds down (one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at David Blixt
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I try never to presume on friendship. I don’t spam friends every time I have a new book out, or when I’m involved in a particularly good play (though ‘Dry Land’ at Rivendell is very good). Truth be told, I’m... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at David Blixt
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If you wanted to throw my whole theory about the cause of the feud out of whack, you could point out to me that Lady Montague does not, in fact, have the final death in the play. I would answer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at David Blixt
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Ask anyone who has ever played Lord or Lady Capulet, and especially any Nurse, to name their least favorite scene, and they’ll tell you it’s the Weeping and Wailing scene. (Aside – actors almost always use short-hand when referring to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at David Blixt
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It amazes me that, of the thirty-odd productions I’ve been a part of and the dozen more I’ve seen, I’m the only director to make use of these lines from Juliet:

 O, look! methinks I see my cousin’s ghost 
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Posted Feb 12, 2016 at David Blixt
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You know what drives me consistently crazy? The preconceptions people have about Romeo & Juliet. So often after a student matinee a teacher or a parent will complain: “Why did you add all those sex jokes?” When we explain that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at David Blixt
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Despite what Baz Luhrmann did in his film, the party in R&J is not a masked ball. It was common practice in Renaissance Italy to show up wearing a mask to a party one was not invited to. Which is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at David Blixt
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I know there are desperate people in the world, seeking advice on how to live their lives. Dear Abby, Oprah, and Mr. Blue (oh, how I do miss Mr. Blue!) are only a few examples of how authority figures have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at David Blixt
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I never enjoy productions of Romeo & Juliet that play the Tragedy from the beginning – probably because I don’t think it is a Tragedy at all (see here). But even if it were, this isn’t Hamlet or Macbeth. There’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at David Blixt
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I venture into the realm of the painfully obvious when I say that, since it was first penned somewhere around 1595, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has become timeless. As an actor, it’s been my good fortune to perform most of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at David Blixt
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Once upon a time, I had this nifty idea: explore the origin of the Capulet-Montague feud by placing it in the historical context for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. They were real families, after all, mentioned by Dante in the Divine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at David Blixt
Verona, Italy 8 December, 1328 One of the favourite haunts of the Rakehells was a tavern with exquisite fare known as La Pentola – ‘The Cookpot’. Through its narrow half-door and large interior portal were wide rooms with long polished... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at David Blixt
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There are still a few stories being edited. A few titles may change, a few may be added. But as it stands, here is the Table Of Contents for the new edition of VARNISHED FACES: A Poet's Nightmare - Part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at David Blixt
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I've been hunkered down for weeks, scattered between four or five different writing projects. No, at least eight. Wait, that's not right - where am I? What day is it? No matter. Because I'm surfacing to announce the arrival of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at David Blixt
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“Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.” — Igor Stravinsky A familiar quote, hilariously misattributed to Picasso by Steve Jobs. But Stravinsky, ever the great artist, was himself stealing. The line actually belongs to T.S. Eliot: "The immature poet imitates; the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at David Blixt
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The volume I put together for the HNS Conference in Denver this weekend has something that will hopefully make my fellow writer's hearts go pitter-pat. Not only is there a 150-page glossary. There are also biographies of all the major... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at David Blixt
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This is for Sam Hubbard, who rightly called me out for the last diagram I posted. It didn't do foible, mid blade, and forte, or true edge and false edge. This is a diagram in the book I'll have available... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at David Blixt
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Ahead of the Historical Novel Society Conference this weekend, I thought I'd throw out some basic combat terms as a resource for participants. So here are a few essential definitions: Baldric (Baldrick) – A belt or girdle usually of leather... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at David Blixt