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1 posted on 10/05/2007 2:50:03 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

It must not like you printer............


2 posted on 10/05/2007 2:52:22 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: neverdem
As such, it was bound to appeal to the adolescent mind, to all those who thought that the provocation of their elders was the beginning, and pretty well the end, of wisdom.

A remarkably good summation of much academic "literature" over the last 50 years or so.

3 posted on 10/05/2007 3:06:42 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: neverdem
and realized that Shaw was what Chekhov called Tolstoy (with whom Shaw shared many characteristics), an ignoramus, who was more concerned with cutting a figure in the world than with the dull business of truth.

LOL. John Kerry comes to mind.

Delightful article, thanks for the post.

4 posted on 10/05/2007 3:08:03 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: neverdem

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’...


8 posted on 10/05/2007 3:21:37 PM PDT by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: neverdem

Didn’t he dip his quill in other men’s ink wells?


11 posted on 10/05/2007 3:42:35 PM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: neverdem

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.


15 posted on 10/05/2007 9:12:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: neverdem; nickcarraway; wagglebee
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.

Uh-oh, now I'm starting to have a Monty Python flashback... "your majesty is like a dose of clap..."
16 posted on 10/05/2007 10:19:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday, October 5, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: neverdem
George Bernard Shaw = Frasier Crane

Except that Shaw wrote some really great stuff.

17 posted on 10/05/2007 11:22:31 PM PDT by Octar
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To: neverdem; aculeus; Billthedrill; AnAmericanMother

Thanks for posting, from one who never could reconcile the wit of Pygmalion and the windy nonsense of some prefaces.

18 posted on 10/12/2007 11:20:56 PM PDT by dighton
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To: neverdem

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?


19 posted on 10/12/2007 11:28:18 PM PDT by ReignOfError
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