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Fascinating Facts, Curious Quotations

“The fact is, I did not eat every day during that period of my life.” Said the surrealist Andre Breton, explaining the possible provenance of some of his strange and early literature. Sergei Yesenin (1895-1925) was a Russian lyric poet who, at age 30, hung himself. Vladimir Mayakovsky, his contemporary and also a Russian poet,…

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Is Shakespeare All That?

A reader writes: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Shakespeare all that? — Slo Readuh Dear Slo Readuh: No, he’s not all that. He’s all that and more. It’s impossible to overstate Shakespeare’s genius. Forget that his plots were largely borrowed; forget that he never created a major character who didn’t have significant flaws. None of that…

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