If you're scouting for summer reading, the book of "Ecclesiastes" does not jump out as a first choice. Still, it is what a study partner and I undertook over several recent weeks. My partner, Josh, as I'll call him, is the latest of three or four students from a well-known Jewish theological seminary whom I've met over several years.
The speech 'Our revels now are ended' is famous as Shakespeare's farewell address to us, his audience. It is usually delivered indirectly to the theater audience by the retiring magician Prospero near the end of The Tempest , the last play written entirely by Shakespeare and written at the end of his career.
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Sex, Lies, and Videotape ruled the roost this week. The sex came in the he said, he said rumors about Trent Lott and a gay escort, and in Rudy and Judy's taxpayer funded trysts. The lies were delivered by Karl Rove and Bill Clinton, who each tried to rewrite history regarding the war in Iraq -- and Rudy (again), who had a hard time keeping his facts straight. And you can toss in Lott (again) too - unless you believe he's retiring five years early because his pastor read Ecclesiastes. As for the videotape, take your pick: we have Andy Card dissing Rove, me discussing Rove on Olbermann, Olbermann as a toon on the Simpsons, Joe Scarborough dissing CNN, and our collection of the week's Must See Video.