Brilliant scholar and terrific administrator. He was the foundation of the UoM for many years and will be missed by those who worked for, and with him. Our thoughts are with his wife pat, and his entire family.
I love Thai Brother-in-law eggs. What a treat, especially in the Tamarind sauce is good.
Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare? Who knows? Who cares! (Woody Allen once said, ”The plays of William Shakespeare were not written by Shakespeare himself, but by someone with the same name.”)
The analogy for whether Shakespeare is Shakespeare can be summed up in a “southern” tradition. In the south when you go to a restaurant and the waitress asks you, “what do want to drink?” and you reply, “A Coke.” Her next response usually is, “What kind of Coke?” – which you might respond with, “A Sprite.” So with Elizabethan Shakespeare – Shakespeare may just be the collective “Coke” phrase of the Elizabethan era for all these great plays written and performed during that time.
What do we really know about Shakespeare’s plays? Actually, a lot. We know that his plays were meant to be heard and performed, not read. (A bunch of English professors and teachers just gasped in horror!) In fact, the clever phrasing of iambic pentameter is so carefully crafted that the emphasis on the spoken words with their “weighted” meanings were constructed so that the lowest “groundling” could comprehend their meanings. So, as a professional actor – we don’t know if Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare, but we do know that an “actor” wrote Shakespeare. The writer had to be someone who knew how to convey the spoken word to an audience and that knowledge could have only come by someone who “tried out material” in front of that audience. Also, for more proof, look no further than Hamlet. The actor/writer of Hamlet could have only written this:
Hamlet: Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you,
trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players
do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the
air too much with your hand thus, but use all gently; for in the
very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion,
you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it
smoothness. Oh, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split
the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of
nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise. I would have such
a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant — it out-Herods Herod.
Pray you avoid it.
So, why do we care so much if Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare? It is simple, Shakespeare helped give the English language form and substance. The plays have stood the test of time and are just as relevant as they were during the “Bard’s” day, whoever he, (or she), is!
I may be one of the few Memphis residents that had spent time in 7WTC. In fact, my last act as an employee of the City of New York was to install a computer server in the City's Emergency Command and Control Center, which was located in 7WTC. I moved to Memphis a few months before 9/11 and worked just two blocks south of the WTC. Of course, I am not a structural engineer, nor an architect - but my memory of 7WTC is that each floor was designed as a large rectangular slabs on top of columns. My colleagues (fire, cops, emergency responders, city administrators) who were at ground zero and that I have spoken with over the years said that there were tremendous fires on the first several floors of 7WTC that burned for several hours before and after the twin towers fell. Their recollections were that everyone on the ground knew that the 7WTC was going to collapse. So - I am not sure why there is a conspiracy theory for 7WTC? (Please note - I saw/read that were people could not understand how a building, two blocks away could be so damaged when other were not. Remember, especially in lower Manhattan, the distance between the twin towers and the 7WTC was about as far as from the front door of the Peabody to home plate at Redbird park.) My two cents.
Wow - is this food survey for places inside the loop only? I have been to Saigon and lived in NYC for many years. The best Veitnamese restaurant in the Memphis area, hands-down is the New Que Huong Vietnamese Restaurant in Collierville.
Kemp and Elliott Williams are the two "smartest" players on the floor for the Tigers this year. Their intelligence and ability to work together as leaders will be the difference in the team this year. The Kansas game will really tell us about the team and Coach P's ability to be a truly effective floor coach. Of course, no one in Memphis will be upset if they lose to Kansas - however, if they do not compete with the Jayhawks - it could be a very long year. The Tiger's fate is in their own hands. There are low expectations from the Memphis fan-base and the rest of the country, so performing well this year will solidify Memphis as a top-fight, D-1 basketball program. It would be poetic justice to finish as high or higher than KY in the NCAA tournament.
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