The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2298  Friday, 5 December 2003

From:           Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 04 Dec 2003 08:09:43 -0600
Subject: 14.2291 Sir William
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2291 Sir William

>Well, well, well.  How *nice* of him to accommodate HRH Queen Elizabeth
>II.  Sir Mick!  Sure makes a *mockery* of Sir William, as in:
>Shakespeare, Gent!

Speaking as a student of hierarchy and Jagger fan, I wonder how exactly
this mockery is supposed to work. Is it a matter of Art? The modern
purveyor of popular music (oops; trash) shouldn't get what Our God-Boy
Bill didn't? Or are we supposed to think that knighthoods normally honor
some kind of Real Human Value (Bill had it, Mick doesn't)? (Mick's
knighthood seems quite a lot more deserved than many of those given out
by James I.) Or is it about Courtesy? "HRH" Elizabeth II is worthy of
some kind of respect that Mick isn't? I thought it was widely agreed
that the royal family was following in Mick's footsteps, not resisting
them, so far as providing entertainment to the world goes. Give me nasty
Mick over smacky Diana anytime. However, on this score, de gustibus, no
doubt. Indeed, as her mourners made clear, we needn't always choose.

Art-wise, I'm reminded of my former college president, who once spoke
angrily about the decay of modern values entailed in studying "popular
literature," and said, "What we ought to be studying is Shakespeare and
Dickens, and not this popular literature stuff!"

Frank Whigham

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