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The Best Speech I Never Gave

Libertarian Institute, October 4, 2021 The Best Speech I Never Gave by James Bovard Prices convey information, especially the price of zero. There is often more latent intelligence signaled by prices than by the claimed good intentions of political zealots—even those on the side of peace and liberty. On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 […]

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Rediscovering the Classics Under Quarantine

American Conservative, March 30, 2020 Rediscovering the Classics Under Quarantine by James Bovard Thanks to coronavirus closings in most states, tens of millions of kids are at home for weeks or even the rest of the school year. This is an ideal opportunity to revive the natural love of reading that many young people have […]

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Shakespearean Fury: Twat Troll, Usurper, Unenlightened, Highbrow Scorn

I am gratified that my Wall Street Journal piece on Silent Shakespeare is spurring thoughtful commentary from D.C. cultural luminaries. Here are a few samples: * “Twat troll”  was the honorific bestowed by a team of four reporters for the Washington City Paper.  Hmmm…  could not find term in my edition of Shakespeare’s Bawdy (1947). * “Highbrow scorn” […]

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Shakespeare Backlash and Brawl

My Wall Street Journal piece on Washington’s Silent Shakespeare Oxymoron outraged Synetic Theater and its devoted fans.  Synetic posted a long response on Tumbler and hit the alarms. The Washingtonian did an informative article this evening on the controversy – “Wall Street Journal to Synetic Theater: Do Shakespeare With Words!”  Their reporter emailed me at 5:17 p.m.; at 7:17 p.m., […]

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Wall St. Journal: Washington’s Silent Shakespeare Oxymoron

Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2015 A Silenced Shakespeare in Washington Shakespeare without puns is like French cooking without butter. By James Bovard    Washington In Act 5 of “Love’s Labor Lost,” one character scoffs at pedants: “They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.” The latest Shakespeare fashion, at least […]

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