Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past

It is a truth of growing older that the more we advance into the future, the stronger is the urge to retreat into the past. We have a pile of perfectly good – or so we hope – books waiting to be read, but we can't pass by our book shelves without an old favorite crying out for our attention. And that's how we found ourselves the other day standing with a copy of "Travels With Charley" in hand, when we had clearly meant to pick up something more contemporary.
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It's March 2014, And Our Thoughts Drift To Fair Verona

As the final hours of our Wicked auction ticked away and we knew that it was time for some fresh material on this page, we were watching the Oscars. We recalled that Shakespeare In Love, released just 15 years ago, was a big winner with the Academy, and we also recalled that, in the interest of sharing little-known history with our readers, we had unearthed the balcony scene from Romeo And Ethel, the never-published play that Shakespeare, beset by writer's block, was working on in that movie. It didn't surprise you then that a dachshund made an appearance on that balcony, and it won't surprise you now.

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