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Tag Archive: Literature

Nov 22 2012

Iago and Hippolytus

Ever read Euripides’s Hippolytus? It’s interesting because Hippolytus is very like a Taliban dude. He loves Artemis and hates Aphrodite, and he keeps telling everyone how pure he is. In short, he hates sex. It has this one speech of his, starting at line 617… Oh, Zeus! Why did you bring woman into the light …

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Jul 21 2012

Social intelligence and the novel

Patricia Churchland opens chapter 6 of Braintrust, “Skills for a Social Life”: The social world and its awesome complexity has long been the focus of performances – informally in improvised skits around the campfire, and more formally, in elaborate productions by professionals on massive stages. Among the cast of characters in a play, there is inevitably …

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Jul 21 2012

Hamlet 2

Let’s continue the Hamlet discussion. There are a million things one could talk about, so let’s talk about a few. (I have a folder of notes on the subject somewhere…I wonder if there’s any chance I could figure out where…) One item. I noticed once that the word “love” is used often in the play, …

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Jul 19 2012

Lady Catherine

When the ladies returned to the drawing room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner as proved that she was not used to have her judgment controverted. She enquired …

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Jul 15 2012

Hamlet

A longish time ago we talked about the idea of doing book discussion threads, or was it Shakespeare threads. One of those. Inspired by Pamela Gay’s urgings to make the world better and do something, let’s get to it. Let’s start at the top, with Hamlet. We’ll talk until no one has anything left to …

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