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Hands D & B of Sir Thomas More

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0127  Saturday, 23 March 2013

 

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

     Date:         March 22, 2013 5:04:58 PM EDT

     Subject:     RE: SHAKSPER: More Hand 

 

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

     Date:         March 23, 2013 1:40:01 AM EDT

     Subject:     Hands B and D STM 

 

 

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

Date:         March 22, 2013 5:04:58 PM EDT

Subject:     RE: SHAKSPER: More Hand

 

The thought had also occurred to me too. Would it not be more appropriate for postings of this kind to be undertaken privately as part of a personal conversation? Or better still, Gerald Downs might like to try submitting his arguments to an appropriate journal. While I would not be inclined to support the rigid word-limit for postings that Duncan Salkeld has suggested, I do think that those that are the length of journal articles should not be acceptable, and that some self-restraint should be exercised. 

 

Round table exchanges allow for more extensive arguments to be mounted, and in the past they have proved very successful, largely because they have usually been very carefully focused. I’m all for allowing Gerald Downs to get rid of a bee in his bonnet from time to time, but that is a different matter from our all being subjected to a bonnet of haranguing bees any one of which could double as an overloaded packhorse. 

 

Cheers

John Drakakis

 

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

Date:         March 23, 2013 1:40:01 AM EDT

Subject:     Hands B and D STM

 

Duncan Salkeld advises:

 

> If Gerald E. Downs kept to 500 words or less,

> I might read his posts. His latest clocks in at over 3,700.

 

I wasn’t counting. My posts are generally long because much is unsaid elsewhere, or so I gather. As a slow reader writing to pros I assume a few more pages may not intrude too much on their time.

 

Now and then I’m pleasantly surprised to learn of some who read my postings through. Even though I try to write about topics important to Shakespeare studies, I suspect most members are like Roy Clark’s money—not even slowing down when getting to me.

 

> He should try Twitter.

 

Not in this lifetime.

 

> I propose a 500 word or less rule per posting.

 

Someone will hate my pieces to pieces in any case but at 500 words a pop this one would have taken only 8 emails to keep to the rule. Is that more or less not to read?

 

Gerald E. Downs

 
 

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