Category Archives: Shakespeare on Education

Education is a universal subject and universally subject to debate. Shakespeare himself had mixed idea about the whole affair

Hacking for Dummies

As someone who needs words to understand symbols and images to comprehend concepts, I welcomed, years ago, the advent of instructional books for dummies, that is, for those otherwise excluded from the blessings of knowledge. Remembrance of things past brings me back to my high school (and college) days. When an instructor at the blackboard, Read More

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Much Ado About Tsipras

     For one who spent five years of his misspent youth toiling with (ancient) Greek, the recent limelight on Athens feels like a return to the past. For suddenly the ancient Greeks are on the lips of politicians, economists, commentators and media pundits of all shades and colors. There is Plato, Socrates, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, Read More

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Shakespeare, Geography and Education

EVANS. I pray you, have your remembrance, child; Accusativo, hing, hang, hog. MISTRESS QUICKLY. Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you. (Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1) Even the regime media had a good time in reporting the comments of an unnamed, though well-placed senior State Department High Priest who, when in Read More

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Shakespeare, Obedience, Bees and Society

“Obedience: for so work the honey bees, Creatures that, by rule in nature, teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts.” (King Henry V, act 1, sc. 2) At the end of the 19th century Leo Tolstoy directly observed instances of sheer (Russian) state brutality. He Read More

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Shakespeare and Gender Ideology

God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times… … how chances mock, And changes fill the cup of alteration With divers liquors! King Henry IV, part 2, act 3, sc. 1) After the veil of oblivion has been cast on individual events, historians can draw their conclusions Read More

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Shakespeare on Despair

 “…is it sin To rush into the secret house of death, Ere death dare come to us? “ (Antony and Cleopatra, act 4) According to current statistics 22 US Veterans commit suicide daily!  Recently, the New York Times published the suicide note of Daniel Somers, a 30-year-old war veteran from Phoenix, Arizona who shot himself Read More

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Shakespeare and the Real Planetary Terror

“And strength by limping sway disabled, And art made tongue-tied by authority, And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill, And simple truth miscalled simplicity, And captive good attending captain ill…” (Sonnet 66) Sonnet 66 reflects the state of mind (and soul) of many – even of those who, within themselves, have not given up the fight for Read More

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Shakespeare and the Sanitization of History at Purdue University

“… woe upon ye, And all such false professors!” (King Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1) In the distant 1940 Bertrand Russell wrote, “Academic freedom in this country is threatened from two sources: the plutocracy and the churches, which endeavor between them to establish an economic and a theological censorship’” 73 years later the strength Read More

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Shakespeare, Obama and Zimmerman

“…And now remains That we find the cause of this effect, Or rather say, the cause of this defect, For this effect defective comes by cause: Thus it remains, and the remainder thus” Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2 Comment.  There is a curious connection or analogy between the election of Obama as President and the Read More

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Shakespeare, Victoria Secret and the Corruption of Neo-liberal Capitalism

“…she that sets seeds and roots of shame and iniquity” (Pericles, act 4, sc. 6) Comment. The appellation, let alone the profession of moralist is historically suspect. Who has the qualifications or the right to dictate moral canons to others? For this reason morality is inevitably intertwined with theological opinions – opinions that, supposedly coming Read More

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