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Writing with my psychotherapist hat on, I do think there is an interesting sideline in the reviews of James Shapiro's 'Contested Will'. There are repeated allusions to pathology and so forth, e.g.,

http://shakespeareoxfordsociety.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/dobson-and-mantel-say-shakespeare-deniers-need-shrink/

James Shapiro has written a fascinating book, which I shall clearly have to get, but whose core theses are becoming clear already!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a017cbe4-384c-11df-8420-00144feabdc0.html

And I think the Shapiro situation is a real opportunity for anyone who doubts the Stratfordian attribution.

Here is an illustration of the two Stratfordian polarities.

First, this is the Spectator picking up McCrum's interviews.

I feel fit and well and able to function - and I am now an Old Age Pensioner!

I guess what I primarily am aware of is the proximity of death. I feel I have much in me yet, creatively, but the hour glass is sifting through!

The Guardian/Observer now has a review of Contested Will by Hilary Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall, her magnificent masterpiece of bourgeois or Whig apology around the life of Thomas Cromwell.

There is a superb review of James Shapiro's book on the Shakespeare Authorship question - in many ways the first by a Stratfordian that takes the issue at all seriously - 'Contested Will' on the Shakespeare-Oxford Society blog site:

http://shakespeareoxfordsociety.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/whalen-reviews-contested-will/#comment-960

Here also is a fairly standard type review - in the Sunday Times:

In the philosophy courses I run, I try to open up the deeper layers of what the great philosophers are about, to expose how their work can, and often has, changed the world and changed the deeper strata of how our culture experiences itself. I try not to present philosophy as something like a crossword puzzle, a take it or leave it pastime which does not affect us. I want for people to feel engaged and passionate enough to carve out their own sense of things.

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