apartheid, Deirdre McCloskey, Tom Stoppard

"Shakespeare in Love" and the Humanity of Business.

I’m reading Tom Stoppard’s biography by Hermione Lee. I never thought I could read 900 pages on a subject previously  unimportant to me with such delight. It is a marvelous book. Stoppard’s life is interesting and eventful, it provides a good glimpse into the world of culture and entertainment in the last quarter of the 20th century. Plus, Lee's analyses of Stoppard's plays are masterful. One thing that comes out of Lee’s biography of Stoppard is how independent-minded he was,...
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The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism Book Club
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George Orwell's 1984 contains excerpts from a fictional book, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism.  Orwell provides a short passage from Chapter 1, entitled "Ignorance is Strength" and a much longer passage from Chapter 3, entitled "War Is Peace."  Although 1984 is a work of dystopian fiction,...

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Stoppard is brilliant, both highbrow and funny and exciting enough to get bums on seats. I'm not opposed to a bit of art snobbery, but I agree that engagement with the commercial side of art is also really powerful.

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