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Shakespeare and the Suspension of Belief

Sit down awhile; And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story… (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. There is a common theme in American history that is impossible to ignore and it affects … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Indignation, Orwell, Doublethink, and Corporate Media

“…O, forfend it, God, That in a Christian climate souls refined Should show so heinous, black, obscene a deed!” (King Richard II, act 4, sc. 1) Comment. To add adjectives to the Boston horror is useless. That beings supposedly human … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Good Wine, take 2

“The second property of an excellent sherris is, – the warming of the blood, which, before cold and settled, left the liver white and pale, which is the badge of pusillanimity and cowardice: but the sherris warms it, makes it … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Mass Manipulation

“Faith, there have been many great men that have flattered the people, who never loved them; and there be many that have loved, they know not wherefore; so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Medicinal Good Effects of a Good Wine

“A good sherris-sack hath a two fold operation in it. It ascends me into the brain; dries me there all the crude, dull and foolish vapours which environ it: makes it apprehensive, quick, forgetive, full of quick, nimble, fiery and … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Crowds in St. Peter’s Square and the Pope

“… is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?” (King Henry IV, part 1, act 5, sc. 3) Comment. Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) was a French sociologist famous for his study of the behavior of crowds. His book “The Crowd … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Physics and Mathematics of NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology)

BIRON. By Jove, I always took three threes for nine. COSTARD. O Lord, sir, it were pity you should get your living by reckoning, sir. (Love’s Labours Lost, act 5, sc. 2) Comment. As it often happens, when an earth … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love, Money and Valentine’s Day

“’t is deepest winter in Lord Timon’s purse; That is, one may reach deep enough, and yet Find little”. (Timon of Athens, act 3, sc. 4) Comment.  Admitting straitsness of means does not imply necessarily a loss in your romantic … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Ed Koch

“…the tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.” (Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 2)   Comment.  I am referring to the political persona, not to the human being. The death of Ed Koch, three times mayor … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on King who had a dream and Obama who has a drone

IAGO. Will you hear me Roderigo? RODERIGO. Faith, I have heard too much; for your words and performance are no kin together. (Othello, act 4, sc. 3) Martin Luther King is a cultural icon who, these days, must be used … Continue reading

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