Thursday, December 01, 2005

Re your last post on When a playwright rebukes his critics, a misquoted line of Shakespeare should not be his weapon of choice. The line you mangled is from "The Tempest", where Prospero says, We are the stuff that dreams are made on. Note that it is We are, Ken -- not We're. And the preposition makes a world of difference. Shakespeare is saying that dreams are made on us the way cloth is woven on a loom. He does not say, or mean, that we are "made of dreams". My God, Ken. You taught at the Yale University School of Drama. Have you forgotten even this? Stop lecturing the great unwashed and renew your library card.