Such terrific acting and writing give faith to those of us who believe television can offer great things. Though there are rumors of a possible fourth season, I think we should all savor this gem and appreciate how the writers gave us three of Shakespeare’s ages: Hamlet (youth), Macbeth (middle age), and Lear (old age and death).
Thanks to our friends from the north for sending this to us, and thanks to Ed Siegel for recognizing it.

Robert Franklin
Belmont

Cogito, ergo cynical
I don’t think most of us are as cynical as one would believe when it comes to our political figures. (See “Mitt Gets a Posse,” TJI, June 29) We’d like to hope, to find something, anything, credible in each of them. Surely a significant number of us would withhold portions of our criticism of Mr. Romney’s political ventures if there were but traces of sincerity and vision in his rotating roles. But please, the rest of the Republic can now glimpse a weird gestalt, a twisted notion of Descartes, “I’m Mitt, therefore I am.”

Jeffery Mcnary
Cambridge

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