Hamlet’s Status (A Play in Six Posts)

Hamlet, at his computer. Enter Polonius: Polonius: What friends thou hast, add them fast, Lord Hamlet. Hamlet: Polonius advises us to link our souls with hoopla, When twice this same moon updates us, But still to me she hath not chatted. Polonius: Light lord, thy status in disconnect must be, Causing you this dark andContinue reading “Hamlet’s Status (A Play in Six Posts)”

Gold in these pines

“We look before and after,” Shelley told his quiet skylark, “and pine for what is not.” Shakespeare would have enjoyed Percy’s pun, knowing naught comes from knot, “like quills upon the fretful porcupine,” this from the ghost of Hamlet’s father, and of Hamlet’s replies, “a happiness that often madness hits on,” follows from the bumblingContinue reading “Gold in these pines”

On the Noise of Argument, where John Cage meets Seneca; or, There is No Silence – Bound to Sound

There is no silence, Seneca argues in his “On Noise.” Our ears are held hostage to the confusion of random noises, the shout in the street, or the whispers of demons when we are trying to fall asleep. Our head is a house of bondage to sounds. We can not turn off the noise. WeContinue reading “On the Noise of Argument, where John Cage meets Seneca; or, There is No Silence – Bound to Sound”

The Bare Bodkin of the English Major

“To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin,” says Mark Twain’s duke as he prepares to take down the house with an encore of Hamlet’s soliloquy. Where’s an English major when you need one? They were no doubt in short supply in the Mississippi Valley in the early nineteenth century, and theirContinue reading “The Bare Bodkin of the English Major”