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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Read this: ‘Anonymous’ Shakespeare conspiracy theory; generation smackdown

Don’t take it personally, Will. They’ll do the same thing to J.K. Rowling in a few centuries. (Martin Droeshout engraving via AP)
The director who brought you the probing documentaries “Godzilla” and “Independence Day” is now promoting the conspiracy theory that Shakespeare did not write his own plays. Our colleague Ron Charles checks in with Shakespeare scholars, who say Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous” theory is half-snobby, half-barmy. One notes that it’s comparable to saying that “a welfare mother couldn’t have written ‘Harry Potter.’ And maybe 400 years from now, someone will say that.”

The demos are battling once again — Millennials vs. Gen X vs. Baby Boom. Whom should we blame for this neverending generational conflict? Goethe, according to Monica Hesse.

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