The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1383 Tuesday, 11 July 2000.
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2000
Subject: Editor's Remarks
Let me begin by thanking Frank Whigham for his two recent scholarly
inquires. It is true that almost any query can generate discourse on
this list. Having said that, however, I find myself almost daily
reflecting on the level of discourse that does occur. My preference is
for the scholarly and academic rather than for the chatty and
confrontational. Nevertheless, I generally try to err on the side of
inclusiveness and let members moderate themselves and each other. Let me
return to my point that the quality of responses corresponds to the
quality of the inquiries and offer an invitation: if you have not been
content with the level of discourse on SHAKSPER of late, then you should
pose an inquiry or an issue that will generate the sort of discourse you
would like to see.
In addition, let me point out that one does not have to respond directly
to the list. If a member chooses to respond privately to an inquiry,
that is just fine. I should further note that any response including
private ones generally involves the respondent's taking time to research
and to compose that response and, therefore, private acknowledgment and
thanks are in order.
Let me conclude with another plea. Please choose your fights carefully.
It is not necessary that one respond to every thread of any particular
day. In fact, I would venture to say that the consensus is that members
be selective and reflective in their responses.
As always, thanks to everyone for your support and participation in
Hardy M. Cook,
Editor, Moderator, and Owner
PS: Next week, I am leaving to spend seventeen days in England,
concluding my stay with my participation in the International Conference
in Stratford, sponsored by the Shakespeare Institute. I plan to bring my
laptop and to strive to edit SHAKSPER on an intermittent basis. I will
also try my best to modify my procedures in such a way as not to run up
the unbelievably expense telephone charges I did two years ago. So keep
your postings coming during this period, and I will get to them as time
and money allow.