Shakespeare Du Jour

Like flies to wanton boys are we to the Gods; they but kill us for their sport. – King Lear, Act III, Scene 1 – These words are spoken by Gloucester who has been betrayed…

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A Shakespearean Motto for the OWS Crowd

I was re-reading King Lear last night and these two lines uttered by the title character caught my eye: Plate sin with gold and the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks; Arm it in rags, a pygmy’s…

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Another Rich Guy Says He is Undertaxed… While the Camera’s Running

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet the Prince of Denmark overhears his uncle, King Claudius, pray for forgiveness for the murder of his brother, Hamlet’s father: O, what form of prayer can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder’?  That…

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Shakespeare on Scapegoating

Harold Bloom, the curmudgeonly Shakespeare critic, once said that every pathology Sigmund Freud is said to have discovered can be found first in Shakespeare. I think there’s something to that. One of my favorite passages in all…

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14 New Year’s Resolutions, Courtesy William Shakespeare

It’s that time of the year again when we promise to do all those things we promised to do last year but didn’t. Here are my top 14 resolutions for 2010 with a Shakespearean twist:…

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