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Toxic Masculinity of The Ten Duel Commandments

OK, I used the phrase Toxic Masculinity as click bait.  While I understand the point of that phrase, it is so misunderstood (in many cases willfully) that I don’t think it’s worth salvaging.  Instead, I prefer the descriptors “immature masculinity” … Continue reading

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“You’ll Be Back”: History and Fiction

I have heard that George III has, in the UK, largely a positive reputation.  They know of his illness and madness, but by that point, the monarch was largely rendered irrelevant politically.  It was Parliament, not the king, that was … Continue reading

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The Battle of Yorktown: Hamilton’s St. Crispian’s Day Speech

As I said in a previous post, Shakespeare’s language is my language, but his country is not my country.  This means that passages such as John of Gaunt’s speech in Richard II does not have the same effect in the … Continue reading

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Will La La Land Kill the Movie Musical?

When La La Land came out last year, many people lauded the film for reviving the movie musical.  While I enjoyed La La Land, and loved the opening scene, the more I thought about it, the more I felt that … Continue reading

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Guns and Ships for the 4th of July

While the first half of Hamilton deals explicitly with the American Revolution, it does not deal specifically with the Declaration of Independence.  This is not surprising, since Alexander Hamilton was not at the Second Continental Congress. Of course, this is … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew: Induction

The Taming of the Shrew does not begin with the story of Katherine and Petruchio, or even with Katherine and her sister.  Instead, it begins with Christopher Sly, the tinker who passes out drunk and is made to believe he … Continue reading

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