Your Morning Cup of Links

Love this Kevin Williamson essay on Macbeth, my favorite Shakespeare

High anxiety: the anguished vision of Edvard Munch and his school

The crucial importance of textualism

How Shakespeare lives now

Gary Dexter explains what he learns about contemporary British tastes by reciting poetry on the street:

Every so often you come across savants who know huge amounts of English poetry. But it’s never who you expect. I remember one young man, about 22, with a scarred face who requested ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. He was standing right next to a portable sound system playing very loud music, in a haze of marijuana fumes, drinking beer from a can. All this made declaiming Eliot’s nine-minute-long poem difficult, but every time I paused to recollect myself he’d prompt me with the correct words. I wouldn’t have been able to manage that on half a shandy.

The goal of a party convention is not to anoint the person who won more votes than anyone else in the primaries, but the person a majority of delegates think is the best nominee for the general election, and (not coincidentally) the one who has the fewest enemies within the party.”

“A bad week for Trump is a good week for America”


Great NYT piece if you want to understand ISIS’s network for striking Europe

Oh good. More good news.

U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets but instead have a defect, acknowledged by the manufacturer, that potentially endangers the lives of service members in combat, according to court records and military officials. The U.S. government is aware of the problem and sued the sight’s maker in November for fraud, accusing the company, L-3 Communications, of covering up a variety of issues with the sight, which has been used by every branch of the military, the FBI, the State Department and local law enforcement. The company quickly settled for $25.6 million…But more than four months later, the equipment has not been recalled or replaced, say current service members and military officials. Instead, it is still used by some units under Special Operations Command (SOCOM), according to Navy Cmdr. Matthew Allen, a spokesman for SOCOM. Units under SOCOM include Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, Marine Corps Special Operation units, Delta Force and SEAL Team Six. The Marine Corps is also continuing to use thousands of the sights, said a Marine Corps spokesman.

Student accused of violating university ‘safe space’ by raising her hand

“Mr. Zarrouk first alarmed his in-laws a few years ago by proposing to take his wife with him to Afghanistan, where he wanted her to become a suicide bomber.”

I don’t think there’s any chance that this happens but, at this point, I’d crawl over broken glass to vote for Paul Ryan.

“What I do see with my own eyes is a combination of unreasoning anger, entitlement, and indifference to truth…People I care about are supporting Trump because he ‘pisses the right people off’ or he ‘kicks ass’ — and by their own admission they just don’t care that he lies habitually and repeatedly or knows virtually nothing about foreign policy, the economy, or the Constitution…As for those who think Trump actually knows what he’s doing, it’s frankly bizarre to see neighbors who mocked ‘hope and change’ and gleefully shared a famous YouTube of a woman talking about how Obama’s election would mean that she wouldn’t have to worry about paying her mortgage taking it on faith that Trump’s going to ‘make America great again’ and keep our jobs safe. It’s two sides of the same coin, and both sides are bad for America.”

“It’s an unfortunate expression of girl power”: African-American gangs team up with the Aryan Brotherhood and some blonde chicks to run meth ring. You can’t make it up.

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