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Conservatives ought not to read Shakespeare? - Elf M. Sternberg
Conservatives ought not to read Shakespeare?
All that you miss in Shakespeare you find in [John] Bunyan, to whom the true heroic came quite obviously and naturally. The world was to him a more terrible place than it was to Shakespeare; but he saw through it a path at the end of which a man might look not only forward to the Celestial City, but back on his life and say: "Tho' with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get them." The heart vibrates like a bell to such utterances as this; to turn from it to "Out, out, brief candle," and "The rest is silence," and "We are such stuff as dreams are made on," and "our little life is rounded by a sleep" is turn from life, strength, resolution, morning air and eternal youth, to the terrors of a drunken nightmare.
- George Bernard Shaw, "Better Than Shakespeare"

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amythis From: amythis Date: December 29th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, wasn't Shaw a socialist?
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: December 29th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
resonant From: resonant Date: December 30th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sous-vide booze

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