From the Afterword
The words in While the Sun is Bright, or in the Darkest
Night are by William Shakespeare with two exceptions. The title
and the text on the next to last page, which repeats the title, are
from the song Ruby Tuesday written by Keith Richards in 1966
and performed by the Rolling Stones.
The lovers in the While the Sun is Bright are Sam and Max Brodsky.
They are both dogs and are both male. There is precedent for having
two males play the parts in this book. When Shakespearspeare’s works
were first performed in Elizabethan England, it was thought immoral
for women to be actors. Yet, there is a more significant reason for
two males to play these roles. Research in animal studies shows that
there is a much larger percentage of same sex pairing than previously
thought. Sam and Max’s relationship is complex: it is bouncy, barky,
growly, —and especially prickly during meal-times. They are each
other’s constant companions. But their relationship is a splendid
model for all because more than anything, it is caring.
The photographs in the book were made when Sam was ten years
old and Max was between three and nine months old. Charlee
Brodsky made the photographs and tried to direct the action but
neither Sam nor Max listened. The book was made in December
2010. The typeface is Mrs Eaves. The image of Shakespeare on the
very last page is done by an unknown artist sometime between the
late 1600s and the early 1700s.