Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Et tu, Megan?

What the dickens is wrong (are her times out of joint?) with English major, as well as Chicago MBA, Megan McArdle. Who asks, Do We Need Shakespeare?, and concludes;
...for most people, I doubt it much matters whether you teach Shakespeare or something else. Either way, they are going to forget it as soon as they walk out of the classroom door for the last time.
To be cruel to be kind, we laughed ourselves into stitches, because if they do forget their Shakespeare, there'll be plenty of reminders in the English language when they hear; What's in a name? ...a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Speaking of which, sweets for the sweet, and also are the uses of adversity.

Oh, that conscience makes cowards of us all, that discretion is the better part of valor, that cowards die a thousand times while the brave do only once! Oft in the dogs of war, true.

In our mind's eye, we might see that clothes make the man. For goodness sake, we may believe; neither a borrower nor lender be, and to thine own self be true.

Forgive us for having laid it on with a trowel. For we lack neither rhyme nor reason, though we have seen better days (say, in our salad days when we were green in judgment). Maybe it would have better been delivered in one fell swoop.

Too much of a good thing? Wethinks you protest too much.

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