by Shannen W. Coffin

A reader writes in to suggest that I’ve misused “winter of discontent” in my most recent piece, i.e., that. Richard III was speaking of the end of days of darkness, not their deepest throes. I had used the phrase differently, to mean, “Man things really suck for us right now.” But I think I have been accused of inappropriate citation of Shakespeare. I will leave it up to the literary among you to tell me whether I was right or wrong. But I wouldn’t fret too much about it. I certainly didn’t when i wrote that line.

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