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This is an anthology that opens with wise words about the nature of truth, and closes with a consideration of the novels of Judith Krantz. Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps, the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey. It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining.
Shylock: A Slogan and Its Legacy


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Shylock: A Slogan and Its Legacy
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Never has one character of the stage provoked such controversy or achieved such infamy as Shakespeare's enigmatic Shylock. For four centuries the money lender of "The Merchant of Venice" has been reinvented as both villain and victim, as an object of tragedy and comedy, and has been used as an economic symbol and often as a lightning rod for anti-Semitism. But what was Shakespeare's attitude toward the character described on the play's title page in 1600 as "a man of extreme crueltie", and what should be our own? With brilliant historical perspective and insight, theater critic John Gross explores the complex and influential history that has given Shylock a life beyond the play and established him as a figure of world mythology. Illuminating Shylock's evolution on the stage, his importance to writers and psychologists, and his enduring influence on society and culture, John Gross sheds as much light on our own shifting attitudes and beliefs as on the rich and disquieting figure Shakespeare created.

John Gross on Take It Or Leave It, November 29, 1964, BBC TV

Featuring John Gross, Anthony Burgess and others. This video is discussed by the editor of The New Criterion here:

  • Louie

    How much is a bottle of Sempe Armagnac brandy worth that has been aged 30 years?

    It is a dark bottle with a curved neck. It was imported to the US by John Gross & Co. Baltimore MD It is still sealed 4/5 quart, 80 proof. It was purchased at least 25 or more years ago.

    It depends how and where it was stored. It could be valuable or it could be worthless.

  • Señor Booker

    How do you think John Cena felt when he saw Nikki Bella use a vibrator on Total Divas?

    Brie found a vibrator and a magazine on Nikki's bed. They were laughing but Brie was grossed out. John Cena is watching Total Divas right now. I think he was surprised and may ask Nikki questions about their relationship.

    I don't think it's a big deal. They are never together so i don't blame her for using one.


This week was super fome (Note from Danny: "Fome" in Chile means "Sucky" or "lame") teaching wise, we got destroyed, all because we got super sick. I asked her if it was safe and after she persuading assured me that it was okay and completely normal, or in her own words, “They’ll wash off in our. Source: Sister Michelle Christine North

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  • Drilling disaster won't catch Stark officials off-guard

    11/11/13 ,via Canton Repository

    "We have a responsibility to this community, not only to be a safe place but a good neighbor," said Marathon Petroleum Fire Chief John Gross, who also is on the county's Hazardous Materials and Emergency Response Team executive board.

  • Melania Trump to testify in Indianapolis in lawsuit with hardware mogul John ...

    11/11/13 ,via Indianapolis Star

    Menard's lawsuit claims the 2012 agreement constitutes “corporate waste and gross mismanagement” by New Sunshine when it was under Hilbert's control. Melania Trump, who has trademarked her first name, is set to testify in the trial Thursday in federal 


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@zachcoelius tech costs a lot. So does sales, marketing and listing. A top 22 yr old on 20% gross margin v Rocket Fuel might be interesting? 11/11/13, @John_Were
Congratulations to Dean's Fellows Award winners, Associate Professors John Enyeart, Ken Field, Mike Gross, Mike Malusis, and Kevin Myers 11/11/13, @DeanGCShields


  • Roti John Recipe

    black pepper, eggs, olive oil, garlic, green chilies, baguette, sardines, chilli, onions

  • John Sally's Guacamole

    california, cilantro, lime juice, corn, jalapeno, chipotle sauce, olive oil, red onions


  • Jupiter 6

    iUniverse. 2005. ISBN: 0595798349,9780595798346.

    Although this book is a work of fiction, it is based on actual events. John Gross lived through those events. He commanded a mechanized infantry company that fought in Bien Hoa City on the first day of the Tet Offensive. I was one of his soldiers that day. He has an insider's understanding of the Vietnam War, but he also has a wonderful facility for making it understandable to the average reader. David T. Zabecki, Editor, Vietnam Magazine

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  • Mortgage repayments as a percentage of gross income ONS data – Savills

    11/11/13 ,via Financial Times

    Welcome. This blog is available to subscribers only. Comment and analysis by John McDermott. A modest attempt to reduce befuddlement. It features a lot of public policy (and charts) with a smattering of politics and culture. John is joined by ...

  • Speaker of the House Boehner Visits Springfield HSG Call Center

    11/08/13 ,via

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) visited with Paul Gross, president and CEO of Insurance Claims Management, parent to HSG, at the HSG Springfield, Ohio, call center this week to recognize the company’s expansion. Since ...

  • John W. Gross

    11/06/13 ,via

    FELTON John Wilbur Gross, 88, of Windsor Township, died peacefully Monday, November 4, 2013 at his residence in Felton. He was the husband of Dauris M. (Crawford) Gross. They were married 59 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on ...


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John Gross. Currently a Sophomore at the University of Iowa and looking for a summer internship to help heighten awareness in the Civil Engineering field. • Updated ...

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Dr. John E. Gross is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that performs cosmetic surgery for patients in Los Angeles, Pasadena and surrounding areas

John Gross obituary | Books | The Guardian

John Gross obituary | Books | The Guardian

John Gross - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki

John Gross - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki

John Gross, David Hart and Audrey Lawson-Johnston | The Sunday Times

John Gross, David Hart and Audrey Lawson-Johnston | The Sunday Times

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