Richard Maxwell took on William Shakespeare in single combat last week, and retreated battered from the field, a hopeless loser. But don't blame Maxwell, who owes his defeat as much to larger forces in the culture around him as to his own limitations. And don't, if you're an admirer of his, start defending him indignantly just yet; I have several key points to make in his favor. Meantime, BAM can be congratulated on this: The disaster of... More >>>