March Selection: The Iceman Cometh

At our March 2015 meeting we will discuss the following selection by Bill Hagens:

The Iceman Cometh (1946), a play by Eugine O’Neill


About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.
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2 Responses to March Selection: The Iceman Cometh

  1. Ron Boothe says:

    During our discussion of The Iceman Cometh, Bill shared with us an email a friend had sent to him that had attached a “Sparknotes” summary of the play. Some of our members had not heard of Sparknotes before. Here is a wikipedia link description

    Those of us who have a background in academics are familiar with websites like Sparknotes. They provide background information and ideas that students can use (sometimes abuse) for help with assignments about specific topics. Suppose for example that you are a student with a report due tomorrow morning about the play “The Iceman Cometh”, and you don’t have time to actually read the play, much less come up with any good ideas about how to critique or discuss it. What do you do? You use google, or some similar search engine, to search for “Sparknotes The Iceman Cometh”. With a little bit of luck, you will find a document on the Sparknotes site a that provides a brief summary of the play, along with some suggestions about topics and themes that can be discussed about the play, etc.

    Sites such as these have created somewhat of a cat-and-mouse game in academics, as most colleges and universities now provide professors with tools that can be used to scan documents turned in by students, looking for evidence that they have plagiarized by simply cutting and pasting from Sparknote-type documents.

    For this reason, I find one aspect of our Book Club blogsite somewhat amusing. I can look at the statistics on our site to see which particular articles get viewed each day and can also look to see what search terms brought readers to our site. Most of our postings get no more than a few views on a given day, but every once in a while one of our postings will get a large number of hits all on the same day. More often than not when that happens, I discover a search term that was used that day something along the lines “sparknotes X”, where X is the name of the book discussed in the posting on our blogsite that is getting all the hits.

    Whenever this happens I assume there must have been a professor somewhere who made a class assignment about one of the books discussed in a posting on our site, and the google search engine directed a number of the students to our posting.

    So I guess we can be proud that we are having some influence on the upcoming generation of students. 🙂
    Whether for enlightenment or to try to plagiarize I prefer to know not.

  2. powersron says:

    We were lucky to see last night’s Charlie Rose interview with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy about their performances in the current Brooklyn production of “The Iceman Cometh,” which ends this Sunday after a critically acclaimed run.

    Here’s a link to that interview, in case you missed it:

    Our synchronicities continue.

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