Thursday, September 02, 2004
The apprehension that Shakespeare’s tragedies all revolve around the horror the desire for capital (or its significant, as in Othello, through both Othello and Iago) can be/bring. This and the chilling idea that the political elites of America had perfected the art of governing by dividing along race & class lines even before the American revolution (it seems Mr. Zinn believes the revolution was part of this process) are what I think & have from the first fifty pages of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Suggested a month or two ago by somebody, I forget who. Thank you whatever blog mentioned it, I pass on the suggestion; this is an essential book, for private clarity I feel even moreso than for political. Not to downplay the political, or suggest more of a divide than there is between the two fields.