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Better than Shakespeare is a podcast dedicated to socialist theatre. Each week we discuss a different play relevant to socialist struggle in its aesthetic, historical, and theoretical context. There are also jokes. The core team is Andy Boyd and Danny Erickson, but we also have a rotating roster of stellar guests from the worlds of theatre and socialism and socialist theatre.
 
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Professing Literature

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Professing Literature

David Anderson and Eric Williams

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Why do great novels, poems and plays move us and excite us? How can they change the way we look at ourselves and the world? What do these authors have to teach us? Why do they matter? There are no better answers to these questions than those provided by the authors themselves. We want to let them speak. Professing Literature is not a broad summary of major works. Instead, it will zero in on one or two key passages, looking at them closely in order to figure out what is at stake. The goal wil ...
 
Former President of Harvard University Charles W. Eliot wrote in his introduction to the Harvard Classics, "In my opinion, a five-foot shelf would hold books enough to give a liberal education to any one who would read them with devotion, even if he could spare but fifteen minutes a day for reading." Here you are, you can easily listen to his entire 15-minutes-a-day study guide while commuting to and from work (most of us spend far more than 15 minutes a day commuting each day), doing mundan ...
 
Was Lady Macbeth a cunning, evil, manipulative, murderous villain, or a fierce, smart, badass influencer who did what needed to be done? Now I’m not saying conspiring to murder your husband’s boss is OK! (it’s bad!) But what’s a woman to do when she has IDEAS, a POINT OF VIEW and a PLAN and absolutely no “right” to show up in her power? I’m calling you, beckoning you, down a dimly lit hallway, a gravelly, uneven path, where we will hold up Lady Macbeth as our cautionary tale of what happens ...
 
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THE MOST POWERFUL STORY IS THE ONE YOU TELL YOURSELF...... ABOUT YOU. I've done a LOT of work around this myself this past year. Getting REALLY clear on what I believe to be true about ME, about the WORLD, and about WHAT'S POSSIBLE. I've had to shift and reconfigure my beliefs about SO MANY THINGS. And it's been UNCOMFORTABLE, but SOOOO worth it! A…
 
Today we're going a bit deeper on how to lean into the Self-Leadership houses that sit adjacent to the ones inside The High-Achiever's Loop (I DO, I ASCEND, I HAVE). We're also going to talk about what your BRAIN is going to do when you start to break out of your narrow productivity loop, so you can start to OWN the responsibility for your own SUCC…
 
In wondrous Utopia pearls and precious stones were used as playthings for little children. Gold rings and bracelets were only worn by outcasts, while great golden chains shackled criminals and felons. When ambassadors from foreign lands came in fine raiment, the Utopians treated the plainest dressed as the greatest; the others seemed to them like c…
 
The High Achiever’s Loop is when we spend almost all of our time DOING the work and tasks so that we can ASCEND and succeed in our career in order to HAVE all of the things we want (money, possessions, worth). We think that we're going to be able to cash in on all the imaginary ‘credit’ we believed we've earned by staying inside this High Achiever’…
 
Today we're talking about THE most common pattern I see high-achieving women get stuck in - The High Achiever's Loop. Join us to get an overview of The 12 Houses of Leadership, The High Achiever's Loop, and how to start gaining awareness of it so you can make better choices for yourself.By Tracy Oswald
 
The signal for the beginning of a great controversy, still raging, was the publication of Darwin's "Origin of Species." This was the first complete statement of the evolution theory, which had been privately advanced but never publicly taught. A new epoch in science dates from this great work. (Volume 11, Harvard Classics) "Origin of Species" publi…
 
We’re doing something NEW on the show today: looking at one of Macbeth’s most powerful soliloquies (and it’s NOT Lady M!) and digging into the irrefutable GENIUS that is Shakespeare. We’re talking about the famous ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow’ lines, the complexity and nuance inside them, and how they’ve helped me think a bit differently abo…
 
The arrow shot from his bow with a twang and whizzed through the air. Tell covered his eyes, fearing to see where the arrow hit. Then the shout of triumph, a shout of the people and not of the tyrant-but the end was not yet. (Volume 26, Harvard Classics) William Tell incident, legendary date, Nov. 18, 1307.…
 
Beowulf. A shining young warrior has crossed the water and saved the Danish people from a dreadful monster and his scarcely less dreadful mother. As the Danes honour Beowulf with feasting, gifts and music their aged king offers him some counsel. Hrothgar has ruled the Danes for fifty years, in times of triumph and adversity, and he wants to make su…
 
Gearing up for 2022? Have you started planning yet? Then this episode is just for you. Today we’re talking about how high achieving women can get caught up in the phenomenon I call Shadow Planning - creating plans and goals that they THINK are stretching them when in reality are keeping them safe and small. Learn the 6 things to be on the lookout f…
 
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