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An Affinity with Hamlet

Nicol Williamson as Hamlet, with Marianne Faithfull, bless her heart, as Ophelia

Two readers pick up the same work of fiction. One connects with it, the other doesn’t.  All other things being equal, what explains the difference? For me, one question above all decides whether I connect with a work or do … Read more »

Miss Casey and Mr. Eliot (reprise)

Image of Miss Margaret Casey

Forgive me, but today’s post is an old one.  It came to mind yesterday when I was talking with a young woman–she happens to be my youngest daughter, Victoria–who’s planning to be a history teacher.  Maybe in high school, maybe … Read more »

Miss Casey and Mr. Eliot

Image of Miss Margaret Casey

Back in my last year of high school, I had one of those long-gone archetypal English teachers—Miss Margaret Casey, a stout rosy-cheeked New England spinster in a flowered dress with her gray hair up in a bun and glasses dangling … Read more »