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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 a new Wall Street Shylock

“How quickly nature falls into revolt, When gold becomes her object!” King Henry IV part 2, act 4, sc. 4 SAC Capital Advisors, one of the most profitable hedge funds in history, pleaded guilty to security and wire fraud charges last week. SAC carried out insider trading “on a scale without known precedent”, according to Read More

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Shakespeare on History of Man extended to Art

“There is a history in all men’s lives, Figuring the nature of the times deceased; The which observed, a man may prophesy, With a near aim, of the main chance of things As yet not come to life, which in their seeds And weak beginnings lie intreasured. Such things become the hatch and brood of Read More

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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, his intent was misunderstood. He was not anxious to wear the crown before his time Read More

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Shakespeare on the Pretended Difference between Obama and Romney

“…the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.” (King Henry IV part 2, act 2, sc. 4) Comments.  Some of us cannot even watch a so called presidential debate – there are limits as to being able to endure hypocrisy. But reports and transcripts are available. They show the unbridgeable gulf Read More

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Shakespeare on Crowds, Masses and Group Psychology

“An habitation giddy and unsure Hath he, that buildeth on the vulgar heart.” (King Henry IV part 2, act 1, sc. 3) Tips for Use. Define questionable, unreliable and uncouth allies, or unstable masses. The idea of the unreliability of crowds is a frequent recurrent theme in Shakespeare’s plays. And it is one of the Read More

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Shakespeare on Planning, Management Planning and Risk Management

“When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at last desist To Read More

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Shakespeare on Those Who are Thick with It

“…his wit is as thick as Tewkesbury mustard!” (King Henry IV p2, act 2, sc. 4) Comments.  Excellent comeback especially appropriate for people who think of themselves as being witty when they are not.  One such category is that of the critics, who, according to Anton Checkhov “…are like horse-flies which prevent the horse from Read More

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Shakespeare on the Benefits of 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 delectable shapes; which deliver’d over to the voice (the tongue) which is the birth, becomes Read More

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