Tag Archives: Hamlet

Did Homer suffer from Hamlet-like self-consciousness? Garry Wills thinks so.

In the New York Review of Books, Garry Wills takes a hard whack at a notion Harold Bloom has long promoted and that seems to show up across a lot of disciplines (and most recently, in a book co-authored by a Harvard philosopher): literate … Continue reading

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Chris Tse is Sorry He’s a Christian

A great poem recital (prayer? confession?) at a Vancouver poetry slam: Hat Tip: Andrew.

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Ferris Club: Cameron Fights His Demons

Ah, young Hamlet!

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Biologist Darrel Falk: Torn Between Two Lovers (Biblical Literalists and Science-Oriented Atheists)

At a recent posting on the BioLogos website, the president of the BioLogos Foundation, Darrel Falk—who is both a Christian and a biologist—explains why he is not a young earth creationist: [To be a young earth creationist] is to reject the richness of the … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens: It is the height of immorality to lie to people about what you really know about death

That is, nothing. I agree with Christopher Hitchens that religion is shameless in its manipulations of death fears via the carrot and stick of heaven and hell: it really is a moral outrage. One should never claim more about death—or anything, for … Continue reading

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Mental Health Break

A great song, and the eccentric visuals accompanying it kind of grow on you:

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Why I’m an Agnostic (and Not an Atheist or Theist)

I would liken my agnosticism about God and the afterlife to someone who is agnostic about life on Mars. At this point in the 21st century, we have enticing Martian clues about methane on the planet, but nothing definitive (it could be … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin on the Problem of Suffering

In a letter to Asa Gray (22 May, 1860): With respect to the theological view of the question; this is always painful to me.– I am bewildered.– I had no intention to write atheistically. But I own that I cannot … Continue reading

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An Atheist Poem by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?

Something that people might not know about Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the 19th century author of the frequently assigned (in college) feminist short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892), is that she was also a poet. In her lifetime she published well over … Continue reading

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I Am a Tennis Ball of Two Minds, Pressing Against the Net

I made this image last night as an artistic representation of my lifelong and chronic Hamlet-like agnosticism: All rights reserved.

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Shakespeare, Ayn Rand, and the Murder of Abortion Clinic Physician, Dr. George Tiller

The Kansas abortion clinic physician, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered today in a church. It’s hard to imagine a more animalistic and nihilistic gesture than to enter a church to murder someone, and it put me in mind of a … Continue reading

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An Interpretation of Hamlet

Meghan O’Rourke has an interesting take on Hamlet: I had a hard time sleeping right after my mother died. The nights were long and had their share of what C.S. Lewis, in his memoir A Grief Observed, calls “mad, midnight … Continue reading

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John McCain as Prince Hamlet: To Insinuate that Obama is a Terrorist, or to Not Insinuate that Obama is a Terrorist, That is the Question?

John McCain is getting LOTS of contradictory advice these days. Here’s what the NY Times (today) says is dividing Republicans in Colorado: [N]o subject has more divided Republicans than the one that has been a matter of disagreement in the … Continue reading

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“The Sunday Shakespeare Society”: A Charming Notice, from 1934, of a London Group That Met Once a Month to Read Shakespeare’s Plays Aloud

William Kent, in his 1934 book London for Shakespeare Lovers (Methuen & Co.), in the “Useful Information” section at the back of the book, had this rather charming notice (on pg. 174): The Sunday Shakepeare Society was founded by the late Dr. … Continue reading

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John Wayne Cast as Hamlet: A Great Joke About the Plays and Language of Shakespeare

On the DVD Looking for Richard (a documentary), Al Pacino tells a great joke that goes something like this (I’m paraphrasing): In a city stage production, John Wayne is cast as Hamlet. On the opening night, characteristically, Wayne struts about the … Continue reading

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