Did Shakespeare Actually Write His Plays?

pictured: William Shakespeare. Or Christopher Marlowe. Do you hate Shakespeare? If you do, you’re not alone. In recent years, some education reformers have railed against William Shakespeare, whose work is a staple of primary and secondary education. Shakespeare studies, which enjoy a significant amount of attention in both theatre and English circles, have often been […]

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Beyond Orwell: Coming Soon, to a Pharmacy Near You

New York Times health and science writer Pam Belluck, covering the FDA’s approval of the nation’s first digital drug, Abilify MyCite, used the phrase “Biomedial Big Brother” to place worries about potential implications associated with the drug’s authorization.  Orwell’s metaphor invokes the image of a grand, omnipotent government force with knowledge so expansive even the […]

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The New Kind of Compulsive Consumerism

In 2005, the great comedian George Carlin remarked that the new American pastime is consumption. In describing the people that spend “money they don’t have on things they don’t need,” he calls them “efficient professional compulsive consumers.” This reality should come as no surprise to anyone, and is especially apparent around this time of year, […]

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