As the reviewer for The New York Times notes, virtually every American who didn’t sleep through 10th grade is familiar with the plot of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Nevertheless, we’ll start by reading the classic (Macbeth, William Shakespeare, Folger Edition (Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN: 978-0-7434-7710-9) before we jump into the gritty, noir-ish crime and drug-infested Glasgow of the 1970s where Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo sets his 2018 novel, Macbeth (Hogarth, 2018, ISBN 978-0-5534-1905-4). The Bard’s play is blood soaked, but key murders are done offstage. Nesbo brings them front and center. The Norwegian is no mere copycat, and as the Times reviewer writes, Nesbo “offers a dark but ultimately hopeful ‘Macbeth,’ one suited to our own troubled times, in which the ‘slowness of democracy’ is no match for power-hungry strongmen.” And on a still-dark yet lighter note we’ll watch the movie Scotland, PA, where Mac and Pat McBeth are tired of their dead-end jobs at Duncan’s Restaurant. When they learn of Duncan’s plan to revolutionize the burger business, the two come up with a scheme to end their problems. Join us for what should be lively discussions. No class on 11/22/18.