What now?

OK, I’m a fan of The Clash. The only band that matters. One of the few regrets in my life is that I never got to see them live. One of their great songs is “Clampdown.”

And the first words that Joe Strummer sings in the song are: “What are we gonna do now?”

And that’s where I am today.

The Tempest has blown over. The Project, as originally envisioned, is finished.

So what now?

I could start again from the top, hit them in a more genre-centric approach (rather than the pseudo-chronological I attempted this time).

I could read the plays not part of the “official” Canon–the ones for which he was a collaborator or contributor rather than main playwright. Those would include:

  • Edward III
  • Arden of Faversham
  • Sir Thomas More
  • Henry VIII
  • The Spanish Tragedy
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • The Tragedie of Sejanus
  • Cardenio

Or I could hit the Sonnets.

Or I could try the narrative poems:

  • Venus and Adonis
  • The Rape of Lucrece
  • The Passionate Pilgrim
  • A Lover’s Complaint

I could just take a break, focus on finishing the Masters and that Westworld presentation for the Popular Culture Association conference.


I figure I’m going to make my decision in the next week or so, and kick off whatever the future may bring on the first of February…

2 Replies to “What now?”

  1. All good options! I’m doing my own journey through the Complete Works, and I’m moving on to the Sonnets after I finish the plays. But as a fan of your website, I’d love to see you tackle some of the collaborative/non-canon works, and maybe even add in some Marlowe or Beaumont and Fletcher works!

  2. I’m happy to follow you wherever you go next, though I’m aware that perhaps the largest gap in my own knowledge is those narrative poems….

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