Category Archives: Amusing Shakespeare

Most Shakespeare is understandable by anyone and the humor present herein is of two kinds. One directly related ti the theme and content. The other has to do with the old but perfectly understandable language that carries an inherent charge of humor

War on Health

Trust not the physician. His antidotes are poison and he slays more than you rob. (Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3) Medicine and religion share much of their structure of belief. To quote the inimitable George Carlin, “Religion has … Continue reading

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Burkini and Bikini

“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy…” The debate about the admissibility of burkinis on European beaches has mostly spared the American audience. But the issue is sufficiently grotesque to deserve … Continue reading

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Spectacle, Ornaments and Marionettes

“Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea; the beauteous scarf Veiling an Indian beauty; in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest.” (Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Nagorno-Karabakh

… that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet… On this point I would disagree with Juliet. If, rather than ‘rose’ the flower were called, say, ‘globularia’, the perfume would be the same, but … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trump

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” (Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4) By general consent, in American elections there is no kingdom for a stage, there are no princes to … Continue reading

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Connections Dreamt in our Philosophy

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 5) Or, rather, there are apparently unconnected things, which, at closer inspection, seem linked by a logical thread. This article … Continue reading

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Plumbing for ISIS

“… this news, which is called true, is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion” (Winter’s Tale, act 8, sc. 2) More than news, the following is an anecdote, of which history is … Continue reading

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Crime and (un)Punishment

“ … Foul deeds will rise, Though all the world o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” Hamlet act 1, sc. 2 American visitors to this site will probably know of the event, but here is a summary for our international guests. … Continue reading

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Mass-shootings and False Consciousness

“… The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns – puzzles the will. And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1) Roseburg is the … Continue reading

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A Deep Divine

“…meditating with two deep divines, Not sleeping, to engross his idle body, But praying, to enrich his watchful soul.” King Richard III, act 3, sc. 7 Sipping an espresso in the park’s cafe’, I looked at the trees, thinking of … Continue reading

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