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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Saturday July 31, 2004. Shakespeare characters are okay in their place; but I wouldn't allow my daughter to marry one.

I went with Pat Craft to see Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure, Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. Probably not the complete play; for one thing, I don't think Shakespeare wrote many two-act plays. [Checked on the web; the full play has five acts.)

I much enjoyed watching it. It's not one of the Shakespeare plays I've read; I suspect it would be kind of dumb read rather than seen.

One piece of "evidence" that Shakespeare didn't write the plays is that they display more accurate knowledge of Continental Europe than Shakespeare could possibly have had. Then why does a play set in Vienna have characters with Italian names?

Shakespeare's idea of a happy marriage is not mine. By my standards, Mariana would be better off never marrying than being married to Angelo. And Isabella would be better off
becoming a nun than marrying the Duke.

I didn't respect or like the Duke. I don't think he's up to the standards of, say, the bottom twenty percent of American governors.
Book title seen: Termite Repair. It's probably not about repairing termites.
Writing: daily exercise -- Done.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- The Canadian Civil War reenactors go back in.

"They Might Be Windmills" --
"History Line" --
"Port Useless" --
Review: _The Horns of Midgard_ --
July 31, 2004
Nader Update
As Ralph Nader's campaign collects its final signatures in Pennsylvania before Monday’s petition deadline, the Philadelphia Inquirer says the campaign has "abruptly abandoned the Center City office that housed its efforts to get on the Pennsylvania ballot, leaving behind a mess of accusations and a damaged building." According to the newspaper, the office "was emptied Thursday after a raucous scene the night before. Police were called as dozens of homeless people lined up to collect money they said they were owed for circulating petitions on the candidate's behalf."
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