"I think he was a genius and geniuses are tricky to live with…But I think a man who hates his wife and doesn't dare leave her is all kind of a creep." That's Germaine Greer in a podcast on her (by most accounts successful) quest to prove the conventional wisdom that if Shakespeare really was Shakespeare his wife was a horrible idiot he hated is a groundless notion rooted primarily in sloppiness and chauvinism. (Here's an excerpt.) I don't really have my own opinion re the matter, but it's totally cute how she frames her book, Shakespeare's Wife, as a simple attempt to clear the name of her imaginary boyfriend. [Wash Post]