2. Watch the King Lear summary video in the right panel. From the AI Book Club discussion guide: Why do you think the novel begins with a performance of King Lear? What do you think about the significance of Shakespeare, and King Lear in particular—the play, the character? Is it realistic that in a time of global collapse performing the language and poetry of The Bard, and revisiting this character in particular, would come to feel necessary, and if so, why?