It felt like the type of sarcastic question that the ghost of Lester Bangs might've opened with if he were sitting across from the actor charged with portraying him on stage. Had he been alive today, the idea that his life would be anything worth writing about in a play would probably feel strange to him. There's a brief pause on the other end of the phone during a conversation with Erik Jensen, the man who co-wrote and stars as Bangs in the one-man production How to Be a Rock Critic. You can almost feel his wooly mustache bristling before he smirks and fires back an equally sarcastic answer.
"I dunno, why the hell does anyone give a crap about Shakespeare?"
It feels odd that this rebuttal could hold some truth in the modern era of journalism or just writing in general. Really? A jaded, roguish, rock-n-roll slob banging away on a typewriter in an apartment cluttered with records above a New York Chinese restaurant in the '70s had something in common with the Englishmen who wrote Hamlet? To a lot of people, the answer is yes.More »