My mother, daughter and I went to see a production of Othello. My daughter is young, but she’s seen at least three Shakespeare plays so far–Falstaff (fat shaming), Othello (domestic violence) and then Romeo and Juliet in a few different forms.
In the middle of Othello, my mom whispered, “Why is Iago evil? Do we know?”
Some people ask, I think. I never ask.
It’s a quote from Play it as it Lays, by Joan Didion: “What makes Iago evil? Some people ask. I never ask.”
I tell my mom, “We don’t know.”