The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0438  Thursday, 5 September 2013


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, September 5, 2013

Subject:     The SBReviews: SHAKSPER Book Reviews


Dear Subscribers,


I have regained much of the energy I had ten years ago through my practice and through the work of excellent doctors and surgeons. At the end of next week, I will have another surgery. As much as I would like to view myself as someone who can do everything, recovery, physical therapy, and my commitment to deepening my practice all take up a sizable amount of my time, even though I am “retired.”


A while ago, I acknowledged that I could not do all things and asked for a collaborator to help me redo my “Selected Guide to Shakespeare on the Internet.” Jed Serrano volunteered for that task and is working assiduously on it. At some point, I will ask for a volunteer or volunteers to review Jed’s work and offer any suggestions to the two of us prior to mounting the new Guide.


Now, I have some other questions. 


I got the idea a number of years ago to institute The SBReviews: SHAKSPER Book Reviews:


I had a dedicated group of volunteers to whom I offer my wholehearted thanks:


However, I have allowed The SBReviews to become moribund. 


There is an inherent problem with having active scholars, especially with their various academic responsibilities, working in volunteer capacities on a peer-reviewed project like The SBReviews or the Roundtable. 


So I thought I would ask the membership two questions for your private reactions:

  1. Did you find The SBReviews a valuable part of your SHAKSPER subscription and of the SHAKSPER web site?
  2. Would you like to see The SBReviews continue?

The obvious follow-up question would be “Would you be willing to serve on The SBReviews Panel for a limited term?” (18 months, for example), but asking before I see if there is interest in continuing the project would be premature.


Any responses will be kept between the responder and myself and will not be posted.


Hardy Cook



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