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Re: Reviews
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0495  Friday, 14 March 2003

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 10:22:29 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0482 Re: Reviews

[2]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Fri, 14 Mar 2003 09:17:25 GMT0BST
        Subj:   Reviews etc.


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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Mar 2003 10:22:29 -0600
Subject: 14.0482 Re: Reviews
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0482 Re: Reviews

>>Am I the only subscriber who is tired of the sniping between Mike Jensen
>>and Charles Weinstein?
>
>No. Get a room, guys.

With a view, or two.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell

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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Fri, 14 Mar 2003 09:17:25 GMT0BST
Subject:        Reviews etc.

In another post, which I have deleted, Mr Weinstein wrote, though I may
not quote him exactly:

>'It is the job of Universities to study the best'

Wrong.  It is the job of academics to produce the best study they can of
the material with which they work.  (A zoologist does not study only the
gaudiest of birds, nor a criminologist only the most ingenious of
crimes.)

In this post he writes:

>4.  Those who believe that my standards are too high must make do with
>the possibility that theirs are too low.

No - you may have to contemplate the possibility that your 'standards'
are irrelevant. (One does not use a morocco-bound A to Z to find
directions in the desert, or a finely engineered compass to get from
Piccadilly to the British Library).

I have no objection to theatrical performers writing academic criticism;
it's just that some of them aren't very good at it.

David Lindley

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