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Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?

The important thing to recognize about Shakespeare scholarship is that it is an industry.  Scholars know that they gain fame and academic clout by “discovering” things in Shakespeare.  If they edit textbooks, they even make money, which I, [Read More]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Movies and tasty dialogue

    A Man for All Seasons, which was for a long time my favorite movie, has for a number of years been challenged by Babette’s Feast.  Before that it may have been The Graduate, though that was the occasion of my most serious blunder in [Read More]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Great appeal to ‘The Crown’

Given the praise for The Crown, I signed up for Netflix to watch it.  It is too early to weigh in after only a few episodes, but I can already see why Stuart Varney of Fox Business News confessed to binge watching the series.  As an Anglophiliac [Read More]

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Still life

  The mention of Zurbarán in my last essay leads me to recall another Zurbarán masterpiece, The Crucifixion in the Art Institute of Chicago.  When I went to see the Art Institue with my cousin, a true art maven, she was entranced by a [Read More]

December 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Huntington Collection

    Still Life in the Norton Simon  Because it is by Zurbarán, Who paints Dead Saints as Still Lifes too, It costs more than you think it can – Much more than if by me or you.  Art, insufficient in itself, Can’t make its price [Read More]

December 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Is College a Good Thing?

I claim enough academic experience to have unwavering opinions on the nature of the modern academy.  I have been a student at grand universities and small colleges, famous research institutions and schools that (mirabile dictu!) put the classroom [Read More]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Homeward bound

It was a slight relief to be back on board the Queen Mary 2.  The barricades protecting the sidewalks on London Bridges reminded one of the dastardly Islamic terrorists who have made so many people leery of travel, but sensible folk know there are [Read More]

October 9, 2017 // 0 Comments