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Re: Shakespeare Comparisons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0322  Tuesday, 5 February 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Feb 2002 10:36:34 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons

[2]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Feb 2002 19:28:56 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Feb 2002 10:36:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons

> I know like everyone should like take WS like real
> serious and
> everything, but I think even network tv and Al Roker
> are allowed some
> vapid attempts at tongue-in-cheek comparisons...

Yes they are, and I would have even laughed if several important facts,
that were treated as a "Shakespeare lesson", weren't so obviously wrong.
How lazy can you be to say Shakespeare wrote 43 plays or to say that the
later plays played at the Rose? Even a general blanket assumption that
they all played at the Globe would be more correct than saying the Rose.
Did they ask an Oxfordian to make us look silly? In a time where
anti-Stratfordians are attempting to skew facts and distort truths, and
non-academics and non-students of Shakespeare know less about him than
ever, it is terribly wrong for a major broadcast network to get the
facts so horribly wrong. That is like terribly irresponsible to like the
rest of us and the like totally millions of viewers.

Brian Willis

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Feb 2002 19:28:56 -0600
Subject: 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0309 Shakespeare Comparisons

Susan Neill wrote,

>I know like everyone should like take WS like real serious and
>everything, but I think even network tv and Al Roker are allowed some
>vapid attempts at tongue-in-cheek comparisons...

Taking WS "like real serious and everything"?  You obviously don't know
me, Ms. Neill!  As for "vapid tongue-in-cheek comparisons", well,
maybe.  But in the context of the whole show, I'm not so sure.  Roker
seemed cheerfully clueless about everything Shakespearean (though, to be
fair, he was just saying what the writers had written for him).  In
addition to 43 plays, Tempest-ER, and J. Lo, at one point he also
mentioned the Rose Theatre, "where such plays as Romeo and Juliet,
Hamlet, and King Lear were first performed".  I know there were other
bits of silliness, but thankfully my brain has expunged them from my
memory.  Anybody who knows me knows that my sense of humor is as twisted
as anybody's, and my knowledge of American pop culture is far more
extensive than it has any right to be, so I actually thought the whole
thing was rather hilarious, in its own way.  It's whether the hilarity
was intentional or not that had me alarmed.

Dave Kathman

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