2003

Season's Greetings and Such

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2434  Wednesday, 24 December 2003

From:   Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:   Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Subject:        Season's Greetings and Such

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Season's Greetings to all.

Today, I am using a new mailer; the first change in the way I have
delivered SHAKSPER digests in many years. Please give me feedback as
appropriate. No need for all 1,300 of you to respond.

Do the digests look the same? I am working with the formatting, and I
know that the first two are not aligned as this and the third digest are.

What about the character set? Today, I am using Western (ISO 8859-1);
other possibilities are Western (ISO 8859-15) and the ever popular
Simplified Chinese (Only kidding here. I'm actually trying this new
mailer to avoid the mysterious switch in the older mailer to the Chinese
character set that seemingly happens without any actions by me.) I am
also particularly interested in finding out how the characters look on
Mac and Unix platforms.

If there are no great problems that I cannot overcome, I will continue
with this mailer in the future.

I'm going to take a few days off and will be back in touch next week.

Best wishes,
Hardy

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Motherly Brag

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2433  Wednesday, 24 December 2003

From:   Jan Pick <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2003 12:11:51 -0800
Subject: 14.2430 Motherly Brag
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2430 Motherly Brag

I think taking them to the theatre - especially to see the Classics -
gives them a huge advantage!  I started mine when she was 6 - on Romeo
and Juliet, she's just turned down RADA to read Eng Lit at Oxford, and I
swear she got in on her Shakespeare interview - she is two short of her
ambition to see the lot before she was 18!

Jan

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Shakespeare's Library

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2431  Wednesday, 24 December 2003

Date:           Tuesday, 23 Dec 2003 18:11:21 -0800 (PST)
From:           Rolland Banker <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: 14.2404 Shakespeare's Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2404 Shakespeare's Library

Was the library imprinted in his Hot Brain (Wint.IV.701) and his
teeming, photographic "Book of Memory"?

In H6A.2.4.101,

which is perhaps one of the earliest London theatrical writings
attributed to William Shakespeare as he began to shake the scene there,
Plantanagenet says:

   I'll note you in my *book* of memory,
   To scourge you for this apprehension:

Later, in Hamlet, as he ruminates on the Ghost's commanding utterance of
'Remember Me!' he says:

    Yea, from the table of my memory
    I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
    All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
    That youth and observation copied there;
    And thy commandment all alone shall live
    Within the *book and volume* of my brain,
    Unmix'd with baser matter' yes, by heaven!

Although there must be books about Shakespeare's brain, I haven't read
them yet, I would recommend the book

Genius : The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, by James Gleick.

By some considered the smartest man to have ever Lived (or at least the
smartest since Einstein). This book gives some insight into an honest to
goodness real iconoclastic genius from our time period. The workings and
training of a youthful brain that was boiling, and thirsting for
knowledge, teeming with ideas is interestingly brought out; and the just
plain human foibles and charisma of such a one is depicted with charm.

Physics, isn't it after all a poetry too, glancing heavenward and giving
shapes to airy nothings, local habitations (applications) and names to
our strong imaginings of things unknown, all with the same pen a poet
uses in a fine frenzy?

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Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2432  Wednesday, 24 December 2003

From:           Edward Pixley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003 09:16:45 -0500
Subject: 14.2428 Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2428 Reversed Thoughts in Hamlet

 >> In Act II, scene ii, lines 560-568, Hamlet discusses adding lines to a
 >> performance of the Murder of Gonzago.  Then, later, lines 617 on, he
 >> thinks through the notion of exposing the king by means of a play.
 >> Doesn't it seem as though these are reversed, should not the thought
 >> come before development of the execution?
 >>
 >> Michael B. Luskin
 >>
 >> _Not if one sees Hamlet's basic nature as impulsive.  He acts
impulsively,

only reasoning things out later.  Or if he reasons first, action is
impeded.  "Thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied or with the
pale cast of thought, and deeds of great pitch and moment, with this
regard their currents turn awry and lose the name of action,"  Pardon me
for not showing the line breakdown.  All copies of the play are in my
study, which, at this early hour, is occupied by visiting sleeping
grandchildren.  Happy holidays!

Ed Pixley

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Motherly Brag

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2430  Tuesday, 23 December 2003

From:           Stephen C. Rose <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 22 Dec 2003 13:01:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2417 Motherly Brag
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2417 Motherly Brag

And I think having a teenager play Hamlet will reveal a bit. After
reading some, including Stephen Roth's piece on the subject, I
definitely do not buy the 30-year-old theory.

Gongrats. S


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