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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0040  Thursday, 31 January 2013

 

[1] From:        Peter Holland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         January 30, 2013 3:18:11 PM EST

     Subject:     Pale Fire 

 

[2] From:        Gabriel Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         January 30, 2013 4:26:39 PM EST

     Subject:     Re: Pale Fire 

 

 

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From:        Peter Holland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         January 30, 2013 3:18:11 PM EST

Subject:     Pale Fire

 

Watching Simon Russell Beale in Timon took an evening and was expensive. Reading Charles Weinstein on Timon was free and quick. I can easily afford the time and cost of the latter.

 

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From:        Gabriel Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         January 30, 2013 4:26:39 PM EST

Subject:     Re: Pale Fire

 

Charles Weinstein writes that:

 

> Egan has stated in the past that he “usually

> doesn’t read” my reviews, but it seems that

> he usually does. One wonders why he doesn’t

> keep to his resolution . . .

 

Actually, I wrote on 19 January 2002 that “I usually don’t read” them but that the excitement caused by one that month had made me change my habit. This nuance of language (that I didn’t use to, and was now starting to) passes Weinstein by. So does the need for accurate quotation: “usually don’t read” is not the same as “usually doesn’t read”. Moreover, on that occasion I find I was criticizing Weinstein for misusing the expression ‘zero-sum game’ to mean a pointless activity.

 

Weinstein defends his ignorance of expressive nuances—for example, that ‘sybaritic’ connotes specifically effeminizing self-indulgence—by citing free online dictionaries that share his imprecision.  This, I submit, corroborates my assertion that he is not as careful about language as a good reviewer of theatre needs to be.

 

Gabriel Egan

 

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