The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0374  Friday, 15 June 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, June 15, 2007
Subject: 	AOL -- Attention Those with AOL Addresses -- AOL

It would appear that someone with an AOL account is reporting legitimate 
SHAKSPER digest/mailings as SPAM, setting into motion a series of events 
where AT&T, my ISP, either sends me a message threatening to shut down 
my accounts - including the SHAKSPER server account - or is actually 
shutting us down.

I apologize for the problems SHAKSPER has caused in recent months, but 
Eric and I have worked hard to make sure that they do NOT continue.

If you have an AOL account, or any account for that matter, and you do 
not want to receive SHAKSPER digests/mailings, please UNSUB or let me 
know so that I can remove you. But PLEASE do not report SHAKSPER as SPAM.

SPAMMERS have interfered negatively with everyone who uses the Internet 
and made the lives of some of us who want to use the Internet for 
legitimate purposes miserable.

After eighteen years or so, I wonder if it is worth it all - if all of 
this time and energy to deliver SHAKSPER freely to the academic 
community and world is worth all of the trouble and headaches that 
accompany these tasks.

I had though of making the SUBJECT of this message "After the cups, the 
marmalade, the tea":

And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: "I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all"
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
   Should say, "That is not what I meant at all.
   That is not it, at all."

   And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along 
the floor-
And this, and so much more?-
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while
If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,
And turning toward the window, should say:
   "That is not it at all,
   That is not what I meant, at all."
         .     .     .     .     .

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous-
Almost, at times, the Fool.

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