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Re: Houses; Casting; Aesthetic Effects
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0222  Friday, 13 March 1998.

[1]     From:   Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 10:16:08 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0214  Re: Casting

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 13:57:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0214  Re: Casting

[3]     From:   Ching-Hsi Perng <
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        Date:   Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 17:54:50 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0206  Q: Aesthetic Effects!


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From:           Sean Kevin Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 10:16:08 -0800
Subject: 9.0214  Re: Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0214  Re: Casting

> Maybe more livable, like the house next door in that fine
> Flanders and Swann song, or those places that people have in addition
> to their Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.

Speaking, with Dave Evett, of Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, anyone
visiting Stratford, Ontario this summer should know about the Abbey
House B&B.  It was actually designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but is
rather conventional otherwise, and quite livable.  Last time I went to
Stratford (three or four years ago) the prices were very reasonable, and
the location should still be within a charming walk to the theatres.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 13:57:52 -0500
Subject: 9.0214  Re: Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0214  Re: Casting

I don't know why, but this seems to be my day to be agreeable.  Stevie
Simkin wrote:

> I'm sorry Larry Weiss thinks I'm being perverse in wanting to know the
> criteria on which we choose to evaluate literature.  I think we may
> just have to agree to disagree here.  I suppose I don't believe there is
> such a thing as "even-handed criticism" as this implies a neutrality, a
> tabla rasa, that is impossible to achieve.  I think we all bring different
> agendas to the evaluative process:  I suppose it's not so much wanting
> "to evade having to embrace even-handed criticism" as not believing
> such a thing exists.

I don't think he is being perverse.  I think he is being refreshingly
and admirably candid.  My point did not purport to reflect the way
things are.  On the contrary, I tried to point up the error of the way
they are by emphasizing the way I think they should be.  And if I read
Stevie's comments aright, I find a sort of wistful regret that they are
not the way I (and, it seems, he) would like them to be.  I don't think
I am being Utopian.  I am sure I have less faith in the perfectibility
of humankind than does Brother Simkin.  Perhaps I was being perverse by
pointing out our fallibility by arguing that we should strive to be
better.

David Evett also responded to my statement that "A blueprint must be
followed as the draftsman intended; if it isn't, the house falls down."

By saying

> I have my doubts about the validity of the simile.

So do I.  But the simile is Stevie's, not mine.

Larry Weiss

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Date:           Thursday, 12 Mar 1998 17:54:50 +0800
Subject: 9.0206  Q: Aesthetic Effects!
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0206  Q: Aesthetic Effects!

I do not know if this helps, but the question reminds of a quote I read
that heads Linda Pastan's poem "Lost Luggage" in her _Heroes in
Disguise_ (1991):

"Dr. Magherini insists certain men and women are susceptible to swooning
in the presence of great art, especially when far from home."

_New York Times_ International Edition

Ching-Hsi Perng
 

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