Author Archives: James Murphy

Eight Signs of Snake Oil

“ . . . it is a massy wheel, Fix’d on the summit of the highest mount, To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Are mortised and adjoin’d . . .” – Hamlet There are literally thousands of enterprises and … Continue reading

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The Borderlands

Truly to speak, and with no addition, We go to gain a little patch of ground That hath no profit in it but the name.– Hamlet The high moorland was dark with heathery bogs and the flat green farmland ran … Continue reading

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Over The Abyss

“ . . . But so much was our love, We would not understand what was most fit; But, like the owner of a foul disease, To keep it from divulging, let it feed Even on the pith of Life.” … Continue reading

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A Door Into The Dark

There is something more in this than natural, if philosophy could find it out. – Hamlet I have of late been haunted by an image from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. In a post-apocalyptic world, starving bands of survivors roam a … Continue reading

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What Dreams May Come

If it be now, ‘tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now . . . – Hamlet He gazed past the gleaming stainless steel, through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows to the vibrant, pulsating city far … Continue reading

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More Light?

OPHELIA: The king rises! HAMLET: What? Frighted with false fire? CLAUDIUS: Give me some light! Away! – Hamlet  In Act Three of Hamlet, the troubled prince hatches a plan to prove the king’s guilt. He stages a play re-enacting the … Continue reading

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Requiem for a Straw Man

” . . . and indeed it takes From our achievements, though performed at height, The pith and marrow of our attribute.” – Hamlet There is a common refrain in the discourse about teaching reading that almost immediately derails the debate, … Continue reading

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