Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shakespeare, Foul is Fair & Europe’s Nobel Peace Prize

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.” (Macbeth, act 1, sc. 1) Comments.   In 1985 Nobel decreed that the prize should be given to “the person who shall have done the most or … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Pretense and the Second Presidential Debate

“So, my good window of lattice, fare thee well; thy casement I need not open, for I look through thee.” (All’s Well That Ends Well act 2, sc. 3) Comments.  Talk about pretense! We can see through the window of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Unpleasant Company & the Presidential Debate

TIMON … mend my company, take away thyself. APEMANTUS. So I shall mend mine own, by the lack of thine. (Timon Of Athens, act 4, sc. 3) Comments.  Timon’s and Apemanutus’ exchange about each other’s company mirrors the feeling that … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Conspiracy and US Foreign Policy

“…O conspiracy! Sham’st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night, When evils are most free? O, then by day Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, Conspiracy; Hide it in smiles … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on October and Fall Poetry

”Sir, the year growing ancient, yet on summer’s death, nor on the birth Of trembling winter” (Winter’s Tale act 4, sc. 4) Comments.  Dr. Johnson observed in the “Idler” that “It is commonly observed, that when two Englishmen meet, their … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Autumn and Climate Change

“… The spring, the summer, The chiding autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted liveries; and the ‘mazed world, By their increase knows not which is which.” (Midsummer Night’s Dream act 2, sc. 1) Comments. After months of seemingly interminable dryness, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Military-Industrial Establishment

“…Nay, had I power, I should Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell, Uproar the universal peace, confound All unity on earth.” (Macbeth act 4, sc. 3) Comments.  Eugene Debs (1855 – 1926), an American union leader and one-time … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Greed for Gold and Consequences

“How quickly nature falls into revolt, When gold becomes her object!” (King Henry IV part 2, act 4, sc.4) Comments.  When the future Henry V tried the crown on his head in the room where his ailing father was dying, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Love at First Sight and Consequences

“And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid Whose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded eye.” (Taming Of the Shrew, act 1, sc. 1) Comments. Recent scientific research (how I like this) has shown two explanations for love … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Warning against Marketing Lies

“…Let me have no lying: it becomes none but tradesmen” (Winter’s Tale, act 4, sc. 3) Comments.  Thinking that lying be amenable to curbing is senseless. Even politicians have found a set of Orwellian alternatives to the act of lying. … Continue reading

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