Chapter 16. Falstaff's Raw Deal

Falstaff and his page, by Adolf Schrödter. Falstaff, by Eduard von Grutzner.

How Prince Hal's cowardice sank the valiant knight

Falstaff got a raw deal. He didn’t deserve his fate. So, if you will excuse me, I will extend this detour from my play’s storyline in order to air a long-standing grievance on behalf of Sir John. There are lessons to be learned from the Bard’s most popular comic character and his demise.

It’s worth remembering that, in the years immediately following Shakespeare’s death, when his plays at the Globe proved less attractive ...

Chapter 22. The Great Nothing

Galaxy Spiral

Why Western intellectuals give Nothingness a bad name.

On the outside, everything is continuously changing. Even mountains are changing, eroding slowly over time; even suns and galaxies are born, grow old and die. But on the inside, nothing ever happens.

To better understand this phenomenon, we must take a short break from the dramatic action and examine our relationship with nothingness. Or, as writer Ernest Hemingway would have said, after introducing ...