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Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Sonnet

Barbara Everett: The Sonnets, 8 May 2008

... to throw light on darkness, but a scholarly falling back on convention may simplify at too high a price, imposing a shape rather than finding a meaning. And this imposed shape may damage or obscure the truth of what we have, whose actual character will contain a certain uncertainty – an uncertainty that could explain Shakespeare’s own unwish to ...


Jon Elster, 5 November 1981

La Distinction: Critique Sociale du Jugement 
by Pierre Bourdieu.
Editions de Minuit, 670 pp., £9.05, August 1979, 2 7073 0275 9
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... much of French intellectual life into a battleground for charlatans. But I do not believe that the price needed paying; that clarity and simplicity cannot be achieved without superficiality. Moreover, it is not only the reader who gets lost in the page-long sentences: it is hard to believe that Bourdieu himself is not seriously hampered by his ...


Ben Anderson: In Afghanistan, 3 January 2008

... a fruit and vegetable stall, giving the gunner no time to shoot him. Sergeant Simon Alexander and Lance Corporal Jack Mizon had been in the only other vehicle and had to treat the casualties themselves since there was no medic with them. ‘Sergeant Wilkinson died straight away,’ Jack Mizon said. ‘Sergeant Black got a piece of shrapnel in his neck, but ...

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