Amory’s Game

There are two classes of opponents that average chess players seek to avoid.  There are those who can be easily defeated and consequently do not offer an interesting game.  Then there are the much superior players with whom it may be difficult to get a game in the first place, even if you don’t mind […]

Shakespeare’s Notebook

The current Broadway production of Hamlet is another reminder of its reputation for theatrical trouble making.  The play defies classification.  It is Shakespeare’s longest play and infamously difficult to edit.  It is like a jigsaw puzzle with either too few or too many pieces.  It has “superfluous and inconsistent scenes,” complained T. S. Eliot writing […]