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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0360  Tuesday, 25 February 2003

[1]     From:   Ted Dykstra <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 2003 14:30:16 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0350 Re: Reviews

[2]     From:   David Friedberg <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 2003 17:17:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0350 Re: Reviews

[3]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 2003 22:45:57 +0000
        Subj:   Grouse Beating


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From:           Ted Dykstra <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 2003 14:30:16 EST
Subject: 14.0350 Re: Reviews
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0350 Re: Reviews

I am still trying to wrestle, as I know many are, with the purpose of
criticism, regardless of who is doing the writing. Ultimately, the end
effect of criticism of any kind on a work of art (after its creation) is
nil. The artists have already completed their work, and it stands,
vulnerable, as it is. This to me is so much braver and more interesting
than the armchair speculations of people who have never known what it is
to be vulnerable in their own work, who seldom if ever acknowledge that
nothing can be created without the bravery of the artist.

So in pondering the difference between the people who write about others
who are doing something, and the people who actually doing something
(that other people write about!)... I'd have to say no critic has ever
come close to giving us what the artists they criticize have. Without
the artists, in fact, they cannot even exist.

Ted Dykstra

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From:           David Friedberg <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 2003 17:17:23 -0500
Subject: 14.0350 Re: Reviews
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0350 Re: Reviews

Charles Weinstein writes:

>As for academic reviewers in general, I find that one page of Tynan

The Board may like to know that in 1957 Ken Tynan remarked to Marghanita
Laski on BBC TV that "Nowadays no one would care if a man used the word
fuck in front of a lady" The Beeb's censors left it in

The next day seventeen million of Greater London's eight million lady
listeners called in to say that they did mind, had never heard the word
before, didn't know what it meant, had never used it themselves, and
certainly never done it

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis

David Friedberg

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 2003 22:45:57 +0000
Subject:        Grouse Beating

Oh Charlie! (23 Feb 14.0312). To borrow the weary phrase o' the Sun,
"Gotcha!"

Now why does the "Glorious 12th" come to mind? And why Lear TLN
1170-73?  And Rumpelstiltskin? And quoting other folks letters 'n' all
so demonstrating research and close textual reading. All these
characteristics combined with the phenomenal adductive reasoning you
have to know that your "critical heroes" are "unknown" to me lead me to
do a bit of adducing m'self........ You've all the qualities to be an
academic reviewer, man. Go for it!

(But, absit omen, not at the expense of your cheerful hot mails to the
list. Without them I'd resort to the absinth and die of the ennui.)

Farewell, and come with better music.

I remain Sir, etc

Graham Hall.

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