It is what it is.

I wasn't looking forward to diving into Merchant of Venice again - when I was a kid, I could get swept up in the poetry and romance and high drama. I went to England one summer when I was in college and met up with a group of local undergraduates who were doing a round-the-clock…

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Finding Ernest – A Digression. Part 1 – Wide and Waste

I paused over the neatly whited-out phrase. What is that? "fart arsed" Really? The liquid paper had begun to wear away and I could just see the print underneath. The book was "Blessings in Disguise", actor Alec Guinness' breezily indirect memoirs and I was reading a copy at my local public library. An earlier library patron…

Women and Fools

King John is the Shakespeare play that no one likes, and for good reason. Not only are there no heroes, there isn't even a place for your sympathies to engage. Listening to it is like watching players of an unknown game  - you know there are rules and people are rooting, cheering, talking trash and…