• Text of a talk delivered remotely to Seshadripuram Evening Degree College to commemorate their Golden Jubilee in July 2022. Not peer-reviewed. Discusses, in memoiristic fashion, Tripthi Pillai’s coinage “Shakespeare Damage” — the initial encounter of many minoritized or colonized subjects (including LGBTQ+ persons) with Shakespeare– and considers how some such subjects often nonetheless find something capacious and accommodating within these texts and, moreover, can identify “against-the-grain” readings that turn out to contain unexpected historical truths.