It must not like you printer............
A remarkably good summation of much academic "literature" over the last 50 years or so.
LOL. John Kerry comes to mind.
Delightful article, thanks for the post.
I’ve read only a small sampling of Shaw, but what I’ve read is impressive. “Caesar and Cleopatra” is absolutely terrific and “Pygmalion” is a classic that has flourished through the decades. I know he’s a socialist and all. Just sayin’...
Didn’t he dip his quill in other men’s ink wells?
I haven’t reread any Shaw recently, but I’ve always enjoyed it.
As a philosopher, I would agree, he is rather juvenile. But his plays are fun. Even in school and college, I couldn’t take it seriously, but I got a kick out of it. You don’t read Shaw to learn what the meaning of life is.
The same (or similar) with Tolstoy. He can be rather silly, but “War and Peace” is still a great book.
In truth, Shaw did have a vigorous prose style, but as I subsequently learned, it was more suited to meretricious argumentation and paradox-mongering than to serious exploration of reality.Wow, that's the best one-sentence analysis of GBS I've ever read. But of course, I don't do much reading... ;') Of Shakespeare, Shaw said, something like, he could tell a wonderful tale, provided someone told it to him first. Shaw also sort-of championed one of the "real authors" of Shakespeare. OTOH, he thought Samuel Butler was right about the authoress of the Odyssey. Thanks neverdem.
Except that Shaw wrote some really great stuff.
Thanks for posting, from one who never could reconcile the wit of Pygmalion and the windy nonsense of some prefaces.
Okay, I’m spinning with identity confusion. First, it took a few lines to get to the fact that this was talking about George Bernard Shaw, not the Bernard Shaw ex- of CNN and CBS. Then, I’m wondering, is this the same Anthony Daniels who gained his greatest fame as the dude in the C3P0 suit?