Caroline Biocks & Michelle Ephraim have really outdone themselves with the latest installment of McSweeny’s daily humour website – a Shakespearean parody of Craigslist. Specifically, what would Shakespeare’s characters sell, rent , buy or give away?
There are some real classics on here that work on every level (in fact there are some that are way over our heads). Guess the plays from “Willslist”:
“My Kingdom for a Horse
Call 1-800-HUMPBACK or email firstname.lastname@example.org”
“Spectacular Island Getaway!
Go native! Miles and miles of beaches and new adventures to enjoy in this under-the-radar paradise. Comes with personal slave. If interested, put message in a bottle “TO: PROSPERO.” Or get in a ship and start sailing. I’ll get you here.”
“In-law apartment—AVAILABLE NOW
Windowless apartment/dungeon just vacated by ungrateful relative. NO servants or pets allowed. And you can’t use my kitchen. Last tenant was evicted for breaking rules, so don’t push it. Contact Goneril at email@example.com.”
Doting dad is downsizing! Off to spend my sunset years splitting time between two loving daughters. This castle has it all: updated banquet hall, master bedroom with gold chamber pot—the works. No references needed. Just tell me how much you love it and it’s yours! firstname.lastname@example.org”
“Junior Girl’s Dress, size small. Looks heavy but isn’t… trust me
LOTS of beads on this Pink Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock dress. Still too lightweight for what I need. Some water stains. $60 or whatever you want to pay. I really don’t care. email@example.com
Sheer genius from McSweenys!
Read the full post and prepare to chuckle and scratch your head in puzzlement in equal measure…Do you have any Shakespearean listings of your own?