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Misc Notes & Queries
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 217. Saturday, 14 Sep 1991.
 
 
(1)	Date: 	Fri, 13 Sep 91 15:39 EST
	From: 	Skip Shand <
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	Subj: 	Hamlet in Pittsburgh/Boston?
 
(2)	Date: 	Thu, 12 Sep 1991 23:02:32 -0400
	From: 	Steve Urkowitz <surcc@cunyvm.bitnet>
	Subj:   Re: SHK 2.0210  Notes & Queries: 12N
 
(3)	Date: 	Fri, 13 Sep 1991 16:20:00 -0400
	From: 	William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
	Subj: 	British Library
	
 
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Date: 		Fri, 13 Sep 91 15:39 EST
From: 		Skip Shand <
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Subject: 	Hamlet in Pittsburgh/Boston?
 
A recent note from Mark Rylance tells me that he will be "playing Hamlet
in Pittsburgh and Boston this Autumn." As he is a very slow correspondent,
this is a request for direct info from folks in Pittsburgh and/or Boston
(Pittsburgh being my preferred destination): can someone give me details
on these two runs, and addresses or phone numbers for more info? I'd love
to see how he has rethought the role since his RSC version.
 
Thanks,
 
Skip Shand

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Date: 		Thu, 12 Sep 1991 23:02:32 -0400
From: 		Steve Urkowitz <surcc@cunyvm.bitnet>
Subject: 2.0210  Notes & Queries: 12N
Comment:      	Re: SHK 2.0210  Notes & Queries: 12N
 
About 12th Night:  I fear I've swallowed and forgotten much of the criticism
that doubtless shaped my understanding of the play.  The experience that
fused it to my happy soul, though, was directing it . . . Ahhhh.
For something recent, you might want to look at David Richman's _Laughter,
Pain, and Wonder: Shakespeare's Comedies and the Audience in the Theatre_
(1990), for a director and sensitive reader's take.
Good luck in your searches.
 
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Date: 		Fri, 13 Sep 1991 16:20:00 -0400
From: 		William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
Subject: 	British Library
 
	[The message which prompted this reply was not received by
	SHAKSPER.  It was either a private message, or one posted to
	another discussion. -- k.s.]
 
I am sorry for the delay in responding to W. Moffett's message of 9 September.
Perhaps I did not make myself clear about maintaining the card catalogue or,
in the case of the disputes between the BL and RRG, the printed catalogue
(I refuse to use the United States and Library of Congress barbarism
"catalog").  I should have said "retain" or "preserve" the existing hardcopy
catalogue.
 
Events on this campus this week provide an illustration.  For most of Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday the newly installed online system here, ILLINET, was
down and students in my Bibliography and Methods of Research class told me
on Wed. night that they could not have completed their assignments had it
not been the case that this university library has retained its card catalogue
though no cards have been added for about 10 years.  Computer systems fail;
certainly any user of BITNET could not be unaware of this.  Computers
are wonderful tools--when they work--and I would not advocate a return to
contemporary printed catalogues and I do not think the RRG would so
advocate for the new BL.  But there has to be a backup when the online
catalogues fail.  They are much more fragile than their printed parents and
need their help.  Any library administration with a view toward the needs of
their readers should preserve their existing printed (in whatever form)
catalogues.
 
The last sentence leads us to another point Mr Moffett addressed to Forster,
Cox, and me: what libraries should know about their readers ("users,"
Mr Moffett's term, falls into the same category as "catalog").  I would
assume that it is the purpose  of libraries to know everything they
can about their readers.  For what other reason do they exist but for their
readers?  Perhaps Mr Moffett would care to explain the reason for the
existence of a vast library of books and journals which are not read?  More
"mischief" will be done by such remarks as those of Mr Moffett toward
readers than could ever be done by remarks from readers who use libraries
and want to see them get better and better, more useful and more responsive
to the real needs of their readers.  The LC has done this by retaining its
card catalogue and its staff does refer readers to this catalogue when
the online catalogue fails or fails to deliver sufficient results
(i.e., whether or not a book is in the general collection or the rare
books room).
 
On the matter of my credentials as the director of a university library
which Mr Moffet queries in a rather odd ad hominem attack; I am either telling
the truth or telling a lie. If it matters to him, as it appears to do (why
else raise the point at all?), then he might wish to call the President of
this university and ask whether it is true or not.  The President is
John La Tourette and his number is (815)753 9500--I don't think he has a
BITNET address.
 
				William Proctor Williams,
				Department of English,
				Northern Illinois University,
				DeKalb, IL  60115
				TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET
 
PS:  Forster and Cox may or may not wish to associate themselves with this
response.  Since it is, in part, a response to a personal accusation,
they may wish to answer on their own.
 
COULD THIS BE CROSS-POSTED TO ANY APPROPRIATE BULLETIN BOARD.  THANKS.
 

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