Several years ago I suggested to my daughter, who was in High School and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that perhaps she should speculate on whether Claudius was actually the bad guy in the play. Did Claudius interpret Hamlet’s activities (especially the play-with-the-play) as evidence that his crime was known or perhaps that Hamlet was planning to kill the new king, Claudius himself? Should we trust the ghost on the parapets?
As I said, it was speculation and should have resulted in a lot of careful reading of the play looking for clues and interpretations to support this alternate hypothesis. When I was at university it was made clear to me that in the humanities, having the right answer was less important than clearly representing the supporting evidence.
I actually paused to read one of the numerous articles exposing the incompetence and corruption of the Drumph administration. I usually avoid the effort since ninety percent of them are just eloquent and thorough analyses of the obvious: Drumph is a crook.
This article in Salon struck me as being more American than all those comparisons to Hitler and a myriad of Banana Republics. The impetus for the article was an interview of Drump by George Stephanopoulos, or as some call it, Fat Man and Little Boy. Here is the start of the article. Please go to Salon to read the complete essay by Lucian K. Truscott IV.
A poem by Allen Ginsberg, Braniff Air, Denver—Dallas, December 3, 1974
Oil brown smog over Denver Oil red dung colored smoke level to level across the horizon blue tainted sky above Oil car smog gasoline hazing red Denver's day December bare trees sticking up from housetop streets Plane lands rumbling, planes rise over radar wheels, black smoke drifts wobbly from tailfins Oil millions of cars speeding the cracked plains Oil from Texas, Bahrain, Venezuela Mexico Oil that turns General Motors revs up Ford lights up General Electric, oil that crackles thru International Business Machine computers charges dynamos for ITT sparks Western Electric runs thru Amer Telephone & Telegraph wires Oil that flows thru Exxon New Jersey hoses, rings in Mobile gas tank cranks, rumbles Chrysler engines shoots thru Texaco pipelines, blackens ocean from broken Gulf tankers spills onto Santa Barbara beaches from Stand of California derricks offshore.