Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2
I discovered by chance that a true American hero died two years ago, in a tractor accident, on his farm in Ohio. Continue reading
(Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1)
To the articulate speculations of many analysts on the failed coup in Turkey I will not add the vanity of my conjectures – for, clearly, everything and its opposite seem equally possible. I cannot guess the past, nor sound the bottom of the aftertimes (1) – hence just a few serendipitous observations. Continue reading
(Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2)
When I sat down in the coffee-shop, the conversation between the two clients at the next table was ongoing. I did not want to intrude and ask their names. I will call them A and B.
A. Surely by now, you must have a preference among the candidates for the next presidential elections? Continue reading
(King Henry VI, part 1, act 1, sc. 2)
It’s not even a question of reading “the book of fate and seeing the revolutions of the times…” (1), or of having “a thousand eyes to be filled with prophetic tears”(2). The audacious eloquence of Bernie Sanders has predictably evaporated into air, into thin air, along with the charms of his (presumably) leftist message. Continue reading
The Tempest, act 1.
During this April 2016, an anniversary escaped the notice of most – 55 years have run their course since the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
All events gradually sink under the accumulating dust of antique time (1), and are eventually lost in the swallowing gulf of blind forgetfulness and dark oblivion (2). Still, the Bay of Pigs is worthy of historical memory and retention. Continue reading