[internetworkers] Pacino does Shakespeare

Sil Greene quack at ibiblio.org
Tue Sep 7 12:34:42 EDT 2004

Dave wrote:
> http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/
> 0,5744,10699003%255E16947,00.html
> After "Heat" and "Scent of A Woman" I am left wondering just how many
> lines Al can scream his way thru.  Also perplexing to me is the innate
> drive of Pacino to get next-generation kids to read (Yes, that word was
> 'read', as in 'with their eyes' and 'from a book') the works of William
> Shakespeare. I honestly cannot think of one thing (besides the bible)
> that would drive kids away from reading more than that archaic, oral
> bungle that is Olde English.

You should check out Looking for Richard, a semi-documentary of Pacino's
efforts to film Richard III.  Been a while since I've seen it, but I think
there's plenty of screaming to keep you satisfied, Dave.  :)

> And from the article: "Meanwhile, Pacino has been spruiking the
> benefits of Shakespeare."  What the hell is spruiking?  My spell check
> does not recognize such madness.  Is this an Australian word?
> Spelunking?

Spruiking:  when your spellchecker fails, ask Google.  Apparently it's an
advertising technique similar to crying -- as in 'town crier', not as in
'boo-hoo'.  I've no idea where the term originates.



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