Recently, I had to read Hamlet to help a student I tutor. It was great reading it again after all these years. It’s my favorite Shakespeare play and one of my favorite literary works of all time. There are so many beautiful passages. Here is just one…
But first, let me set it up for you. Hamlet has just been visited by a spirit claiming to be the ghost of his murdered father. Before leaving, the ghost commands Hamlet to remember him. Alone now, Hamlet proclaims:
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee!
Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix’d with baser matter.
Without a blog post to read through.
Think of how many bland blogs you clicked to.
Time's up. I'm sorry I left you…
I haven’t blogged in a while. For that I apologize. Now I can’t stop rhyming (but that was a slant rhyme).
Anyway... I’ve been swamped lately. But going forward, I should have time to blog regularly. Lately, like most of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa. We are at a crucial moment in global history.
More on this later...
My friend Rania Khalil, who lives in Cairo, posted this note on Facebook on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 12:12 pm.
hello everyone! thank you so much for your love and concern, i feel it. I am not at home and just writing quickly. have not read my email as net has just returned. me and my family are fine, but friends of friends have died protesting and this will continue. please help spread the word that hosni mubarak is a dictator and nothing less. he has released undercover men to incite fighting in the peaceful protests i've seen with my own eyes. now he is creating a propaganda war, paying people to support him with signs that have been absent the entire time. he may curb protests but he will not quell what has begun! love to you all. more soon xoxo ps. will send photos! pps. please write american govt to end this regime.