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Patrick Stewart on Ian McKellen’s Advice on How to Do Familiar Shakespeare Lines Like “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow . . .”

And here’s Ian McKellen playing Macbeth in 1976:

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A Life as Metaphor Poll!

Really. This two days ago at Pollster.com: StrategyOne polled Americans (n=1,000 telephone survey) October 9-12, 2009 with the following question: “People often use metaphors to describe their life… Which ONE of the following do you think best descibes your life?” A Journey: … Continue reading

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Edward Kennedy: They Say He Made a Good End

That is, the New York Times says so. And he died a Christian: Mr. Kennedy spent his last hours in prayer, Father Tarrant told a Boston television station, WCVB-TV. Mr. Kennedy had told friends recently that he was looking forward … Continue reading

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Atheist Universe? Is Naturalism a More Parsimonious (Simple) Assumption to Make about What We See Around Us than Supernaturalism?

As an agnostic, I’m not so sure that I can agree with atheists that the most parsimonious explanation (that is, the simplest explanation) for the universe is naturalism. I would suggest that getting to an objective definition, a priori, of what … Continue reading

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What’s Literature Good For?

Sometimes people ask, “What’s the value of literature—of reading poems, stories, and plays? In other words, why might one go to literature for sustenance or reflection, as opposed to something else?” One of the reasons a person might “go to literature” is akin … Continue reading

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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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Afghan Crossed Lovers: Romeo, Juliet, the Taliban, and GAY MARRIAGE

Yes, there are real monsters in the world. This today in the Guardian: A young couple who tried to elope in one of the most lawless and conservative parts of Afghanistan have been publicly executed by Taliban gunmen after their … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, James Joyce, and the Dirty Encoding in Britney Spears’s “If U Seek Amy”

Recently, Britney Spears has gotten some buzz by subliminally inserting “Fuck me” into the title of her new music video: “If U Seek Amy.” See it or hear it? Maybe this will help: iF-U-CeeK-aME! Naughty. But is it a very original play on words? … 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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Why Science Will Never Be a Hegemonic Language That Causes Religion and Poetry to Go Extinct

Even if we arrive at a complete scientific language that accounts for the existence of everything in the universe in a functional fashion, we will still be up against an ontological mystery (the mystery of being itself), and we will … Continue reading

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Negative Capability Defined: Walking in Mysteries—and the Shoes of Others—with Keats, Shakespeare, Whitman—and Barack Obama!

In a letter dated 22 December, 1817, the poet John Keats coined the term “negative capability” and defined it this way: I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & … 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 Poet’s Eye in Fine Frenzy Rolling”: Shakespeare and the Origin of Religion

From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Act 5, Scene 1 (Theseus speaking): Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, Are of imagination all compact. … 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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See Keith Olbermann’s Segment on Sarah Palin’s Witch Hunting Exorcist, Thomas Muthee, Here

Sentry [on seeing the ghost of King Hamlet]: Ah, but this is wond’rous strange! Hamlet: Then as a stranger, give it welcome! More on Palin’s exorcist here: https://santitafarella.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/thomas-muthee-the-kenyan-witch-hunter-and-exorcist-who-prayed-over-sarah-palin-before-her-run-for-governor-was-featured-on-keith-olbermanns-show-tonight/

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Does Sarah Palin Follow Machiavelli or Jesus?: The Matthew 25 Network, a Diverse Group of Christians, Sends an Open Letter to Palin Appealing to Her to Stop Lying on the Campaign Trail, and to Stop Using Karl Rove-like Political Tactics

Are the politics of Machiavelli and Shakespeare’s Iago (in Othello)—and by extension, the politics of Karl Rove—in accord with the gospel of Jesus and the Christian witness? The Matthew 25 Network thinks not, and sent an open letter to Palin … 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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“Popcorn”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

  At dusk, above the heads of   two hundred movie goers standing   bored and perhaps too politely in line,   two-thousand egg-shaped leaves   cupping ten-thousand unbuttered   white blossoms,   salting in the ocean air

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London: In August of 2008, What Did a Ticket to Tour the Grounds Look Like, and How Much Did It Cost?

I like how the ticket conveys a hazy sense of divine light coming down upon the theatre from above, accompanied by two “official” looking royal red stamps—which are actually simply decorative. Shakespeare’s works are the West’s secular scripture, and the … Continue reading

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Obomenon: An Image of Barack Obama Juxtaposed with Lines from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

    Miranda in “The Tempest”:             O, wonder!  How many goodly creatures are there here!    How beauteous mankind is!   O brave new world,  That has such people in’t!  

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