We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's his birthday week. The youth may not know what a talented fellow he was with words, rhythm, wit, and wisdom, and it's tough to know that if you are under age 18 or more. Shakespeare: The Ultimate Dead White Male? Every word he wrote is best read aloud.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date; Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st; Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Thanks, BD. Indeed, every one of the Bard's words is best read aloud. Almost every day I take a bike ride through the countryside and Shakespeare is my faithful companion. The miles evaporate as I recite the sonnets or this or that passage from the plays. Linguistic intricacy, power, beauty; sublime thoughts discovered or re-discovered. Think of all the students, spending all that money on all those campuses, and then going out into the world linguistic and literary paupers. Very sad.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
ahhh dear Bird Dog--Saturdays with you and DH and a good cup of Peet's Coffee, life doesn't get much better! :-)
Dear Mr. Bennett: Would you like to help start a new educational institute--one whose curriculum would reflect the understanding you have?