Tagged Madame de Salzmann

Make-believe Animal

“Man is a make-believe animal,” wrote William Hazlitt.  “He is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.” I am looking out at a white world through window framed with the uneven spikes of ice cycles.”What are these daggers I see before me?”   I’m moving from Hazlitt to Macbeth because of the daggers of ice hanging from everybody’s house, and because reports of a coming “monster storm” have taken such an ominous, apocalyptic turn.  People are talking about this latest evidence of the effects of climate change in the way they talked in the opening of the famous…