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Brides; PBS Show; Star Trek CD
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0326  Wednesday, 8 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Ed Taft <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Apr 1998 10:25:18 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Monkeys

[2]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Apr 1998 04:51:43 +0000
        Subj:   Possible Nonsense on PBS

[3]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Apr 1998 21:47:28 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Star Trek CD


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From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Apr 1998 10:25:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Monkeys

Dear Steve Urkowitz,

First, best wishes to the soon-to-be bride. May she have a long and
happy married life! Second, I'd best clarify my original message on
monkeys. In it, I related a story I remembered about "Gue" or "JGew," a
famous trained monkey of the time, and then asked how this story might
be related to the end of 3.1. But I don't want to be doctrinaire on the
subject. Shakespeare is hardly ever doctrinaire, is he? So we should
follow his example.  I particularly like your view because it relates
back to Jessica's comment that "Our house is hell!" (2.3.2). Bill's
interpretation also connects up to this earlier statement.

You know, my daughter is only 9, but already I think about the day when
I will be "replaced." On to *The Tempest*!

Best wishes,
Ed Taft

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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Apr 1998 04:51:43 +0000
Subject:        Possible Nonsense on PBS

There was a story in Marily Beck's and Stacy Jenel Smith's column in the
April 7, 1998, issue of the DAILY NEWS which says that PBS (the U.S.
public television service) is negotiating with Michael Wood for a
documentary on Shakespeare.  Unfortunately, the article quotes Wood as
saying that his documentary will be.... "The story of his secret life
and the Elizabethan police state.  Shakespeare was a Catholic in
England, tied in with Jesuit missions, at a time when Catholics were
being persecuted in that country to the degree that priests were
brutally tortured and executed.  The reason he wrote so powerfully about
the terror of the state was that he experienced it himself.  One of his
mother's kinsmen was drawn and quartered, and his head was put on a
spike on the London Bridge."  The article goes on to say that Wood is
relying on archives of the secret police of the day for research.

I urge everyone to write to PBS (their e-mail address is www.pbs.org)
and ask them not to fund this nonsense.  Yes, Shakespeare may have had
Catholic sympathies, but it is ridiculous to present this as a proven
fact.

And what is Wood talking about when he says Shakespeare wrote powerfully
about "the terror of the state"?  Has the man even read Shakespeare???

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Apr 1998 21:47:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Star Trek CD

I ran across an unintentionally hilarious (and equally horrendous) CD
the other day, a release of an album William Shatner did in 1968 on MCA
records in which he does selections from Hamlet, Henry V, and Romeo and
Juliet interspersed with covers of Mr. Tambourine Man, It Was a Very
Good Year, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.  The CD (album) is entitled
The Transformed Man. By William Shatner, Captain of Star Trek.  It's is
truly unbelievable.

Best,
Richard
 

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