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  • Shakespeare Did Write Lear; What is More, He Was a Catholic

    01/07/2011 7:24:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 1/7/11 | Francis Phillips
    Sir Derek Jacobi is wrong to think that Shakespeare could not have written his own plays; the greatest poet and dramatist of all times was an Englishman and a CatholicThe actor Sir Derek Jacobi is currently acting the part of King Lear to great critical acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse. I must get to see it before the production closes just to see if he gets my personal imprimatur or not. But there is one matter on which I cannot agree with Sir Derek: the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Apparently the knighted thespian takes a benighted view on this one:...
  • Is there a doctor in the house? [Brian] Blessed's heart scare on stage

    01/21/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2015 | QUENTIN LETTS
    Veteran actor Brian Blessed collapsed on stage with an apparent heart problem while playing King Lear. The 78-year-old had just started delivering his lines at the start of the Shakespearean tragedy when he fainted, toppled off a raised platform and fell heavily, his crown rolling to a halt at the front of the stage. Fellow actor Noel White, playing the Earl of Kent, announced quietly: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is not part of the play. Is there a doctor in the house?’ Indeed there was. A barely conscious Mr Blessed, flat on his back and surrounded by worried cast members...
  • The Greatest English Teacher

    12/07/2011 7:11:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 7, 2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Rev. John Becker, S.J., sat at the front of the classroom, paperback in hand, glasses pushed to the end of his nose. As he spoke, he looked intently from one student to another. “This semester, I am going to teach you how to read 'King Lear,'” he said. “It may be Shakespeare’s most difficult play. But it has a powerful message to tell.” When we were done reading “Lear,” the priest promised, we would not only understand it, but we would have learned the secret of understanding any thing written in English -- anything, that is, with a meaning...
  • Candidate's daughter to voters: "Don't vote for my dad"

    07/28/2010 6:37:15 PM PDT · by paudio · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 27, 2010 | Ben Fenwick
    Jan Schill has a message for voters in Oklahoma choosing a district judge in elections on Tuesday -- do not vote for my dad. She and her husband have taken out newspaper ads urging voters not to vote for John Mantooth, who they believe had a lousy record as a judge and does not deserve the job.
  • Diagnosing Lear

    06/06/2007 9:57:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,975+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | June 2007 | Anthony Daniels
    Doctors have been trying to diagnose King Lear for more than two centuries. They haven’t succeeded, of course, for a couple of reasons that are not mutually exclusive: first, King Lear does not exist, and second he is not available for tests or examination. The latest technology, no matter how sophisticated, will never settle the matter. No imaging studies for King Lear: he was born much too soon for them, and now will never be diagnosed properly. Not, of course, that that puts doctors off, far from it. Nineteenth-century mad doctors in Britain and America said Lear’s case was...
  • "Attacking" President Bush

    12/13/2003 6:41:06 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 19 replies · 232+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 11-27-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Attacking” President Bush November 27, 2003 “Some are attacking the president for attacking the terrorists,” says a new Republican TV ad for President Bush. In its verbal sloppiness, this message is fully worthy of the president himself. Of course nobody is “attacking” him in the same sense that he is “attacking the terrorists,” with real bullets and bombs. Various people are criticizing him, some with measured language, some with verbal abuse, but all of them are well within the limits of the “freedom” and “democracy” he says he wants to promote around the world. So why does he allow and...
  • Joseph Sobran Examines "Compassion and Talk Radio"

    11/02/2003 7:17:30 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 14 replies · 201+ views
    Joseph Sobran Column ^ | 10-16-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    "Compassion” and Talk Radio October 16, 2003 As I noted the other day, I almost feel I never knew what hate really was until I saw the liberal reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s drug problem. The Germans have a word for this sort of spiteful glee in others’ suffering, but it’s hard to spell and you probably know it anyway. What makes this gloating insufferable is that so many of the guy’s ill-wishers add the pious wish that his miseries will teach him to be a more “compassionate person.” You know, like them. Well, maybe it will. When King Lear foolishly...
  • Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool

    10/19/2002 8:19:30 AM PDT · by dighton · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    Shooting an Elephant, and Other Essays | 1947 | George Orwell
    Tolstoy’s pamphlets are the least-known part of his work, and his attack on Shakespeare 1 is not even an easy document to get hold of, at any rate in an English translation. Perhaps, therefore, it will be useful if I give a summary of the pamphlet before trying to discuss it.Tolstoy begins by saying that throughout life Shakespeare has aroused in him “an irresistible repulsion and tedium.” Conscious that the opinion of the civilized world is against him, he has made one attempt after another on Shakespeare’s works, reading and re-reading them in Russian, English and German; but “I invariably...