2000

Re: "Doctors"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0083  Friday, 14 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Robert F. O'Connor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 2000 08:19:37 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

[2]     From:   Clifford Stetner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 21:34:18 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"


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From:           Robert F. O'Connor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 2000 08:19:37 +1000
Subject: 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

Muddying the waters ...

A friend of mine suggested I update my frequent flyer details to include
my newly-won doctorate, as he had found it increased his chances of a
spontaneous upgrade.  That hasn't worked yet, but when I was flying home
for Christmas I did get paged in the transit lounge ... and after I went
up to the counter they put out another call for a medical doctor ...

An associate who is a medical doctor recently completed his PhD, having
had little support from within the profession while doing so.  Perhaps
out of confusion, his colleagues have taken to calling him Mr ...

And another (female) acquaintance with TWO PhDs and an MBA has the
misfortune to also be petite and blonde ... and is forever taken to be a
secretary.

But the worst ... about 9 years ago, when applying for a job as a tutor
in a residential college, I had a chat with the college's then head, and
agricultural scientist with a PhD of his own.  He asked me what my
long-term plans were, and I told him: a PhD on ethics in Shakespeare.
He looked reflective ... and mentioned that my topic at least made sense
- after all, here he was, a doctor of philosophy and he had never
studied philosophy in his life!

Rest assured he is now in a position where he can do little damage.

Rob O'Connor

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From:           Clifford Stetner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 21:34:18 -0500
Subject: 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0070 Re: "Doctors"

>Interesting article on how successful placebos are in treating patients
>in this past Sunday's N Y Times.  It seems leeches worked!

I'm not surprised; Doctors of Philosophy have been administering
placebos for centuries.

Branagh's Hamlet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0081  Friday, 14 January 2000.

From:           Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 16:06:24 -0500
Subject:        Branagh's Hamlet

Good news!  Branagh's Hamlet *will* be coming back into print this
spring, and a widescreen edition is also expected.

Basically, what happened was that Columbia Tristar lost the rights to
Castle Rock Entertainment product, and Warner picked it up.  Thanks to
my very alert rep at Columbia, we were able to track it down and
discovered the title had just been added to the Warner roster.

I'll keep you posted when we have an exact date.

Cheers,
Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick - CD & Video Emporium

[Editor's Query: Will the Branagh *Hamlet* be available on DVD? In fact,
what other Shakespeare titles are scheduled for DVD release?  I have the
Branagh Ado, the Luhrmann Rom., and Shakespeare in Love.]

Re: Goofy Answers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0079  Friday, 14 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Stephanie Cowell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 12:39:59 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 11.0076 Re: Goofy Test Answers

[2]     From:   Lisa Schnell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 12:47:46 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Goofy Test Answers

[3]     From:   Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 19:12:29 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0076 Re: Goofy Test Answers


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From:           Stephanie Cowell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 12:39:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        SHK 11.0076 Re: Goofy Test Answers

Oh gosh, my stomach aches and I have tears in my eyes laughing over Joe
Conlon's student's essay!

This is not a goofy answer, but a rather naive Shakespeare story about
myself to share! At the age of about 13 when I was a shy and
introspective girl, I found myself in New York's then seedy Times Square
and wandered into a porno book store to ask if they carried copies of
"Hamlet" because I needed one for school. I didn't know anything about
porno stores and it seemed to me that EVERYONE with a "Books" sign in
the window would stock Shakespeare...I recall the astonished silence
from the man behind the counter and my own sudden dim awareness that
great literature was not to be found there. I meekly retreated from
store and street,,,

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From:           Lisa Schnell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 12:47:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Goofy Test Answers

Okay, I can't resist.  The following two "typos" are culled from essays
this past semester I'm tempted to gloss them, but I think they speak
best for themselves:

"The other three marriages [in Measure for Measure] are very disturbing,
the Duke and Isabella, Angelo and Mariana, and Lucio and a prostate that
he had impregnated at one point."

"Oberon is fed up with Titania's independent behavior.  He calls her a
"rash wonton" and challenges her by saying "Am I not thy Lord?""  (try
ordering that next time you call for takeout-I'm sorry, I couldn't help
it)

Lisa Schnell
University of Vermont

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From:           Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 19:12:29 -0500
Subject: 11.0076 Re: Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0076 Re: Goofy Test Answers

>My wife attended an evening class at university as a mature student. The
>instructor brought in one of the deans as a guest lecturer and
>introduced him as Dean ____ using only his last name.
>
>After the lecture she heard students, not 1st year ones either, saying,
>'Dean said this,' and, 'Dean said that', blissfully oblivious of the
>fact that his first name was not Dean.

>John Ramsay

This reminds me of what happened when I went to get my hair cut a few
weeks ago.  Previously I had tried several shops and could not get
anyone to do the cut the way I wanted.

The owner gave me into the care of a Generation-X girl who commanded my
immediate respect by ordering me not to cross my legs, as it throws the
balance off and the cut comes out wrong.  Then,

Kim: "How would you like your hair cut?"
Nancy: Short.  I'd like it to be like Dame Judi Dench.
Kim: Who?
Nancy: You guys are Brits, I thought you'd know Dame Judi Dench.  The
British actress.  She was in--
Kim: I'm not a Brit, Michelle [the owner] is.  Michelle!  She wants her
hair like Dame Judy--what's her name?
Nancy: Dame Judi Dench."  (Michelle nods in approval.)
Michelle to Kim: A pixie.  Like this.
Kim: Oh.  Why didn't you say so?  Who is this Judy woman?  Is that
really her name, Dame Judy?

Kim gave Nancy the best haircut she's had in years!  Nancy was beginning
to feel like the Player Queen of her haircut-sake!

Nancy Charlton
Gulph Mills PA  USA

King of Shadows

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0080  Friday, 14 January 2000.

From:           Ellen Steiber <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jan 2000 15:24:51 -0500
Subject:        King of Shadows

If someone hasn't already brought this book to your attention . . . I
thought the list, particularly those teaching Shakespeare in middle and
high schools, might like to know about a new novel by Newberry-award
winning author Susan Cooper, just out from Margaret K. McElderry Books.

*King of Shadows* is the story of young Nat Field, chosen to act in an
American boys' theater company that will perform at the newly
reconstructed Globe.  But in London Nat becomes mysteriously ill-with
the plague, it turns out-and wakes up in 16th c. London, where he finds
himself part of Richard Burbage's company.  There he is again cast as
Puck in MSND, but it's Will Shakespeare himself who plays Oberon.

The book is beautifully written.  It's not only offers a nifty bit of
time travel and a vivid recreation of Shakespeare's London and theatre,
but a moving a story of friendship and loss.   One of the lovely things
to watch is the way Nat moves from being awed by Shakespeare to becoming
his friend.  I suspect that for those teaching Shakespeare to young
readers, especially MSND, this  book would be an excellent companion
piece.  Sonnet #116 also figures quite prominently in the story.

Enjoy!
Ellen Steiber.

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