Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Change in the arts sector. Can we speed it up or must we wait it out? by Diane Ragsdale

  Devon Smith has written a smart, provocative post on a debate she engaged in at the recent Americans for the Arts Conference in Nashville. It’s called We Should Allow Failing Arts …

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Just because: Clifford Curzon plays the "Trout" Quintet

Clifford Curzon and the Amadeus Quartet play Schubert's "Trout" Quintet at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1977: (This is the latest...

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Almanac: Logan Pearsall Smith on grumpy old men

"The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the...

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on going home

"Going home must be like going to render an account." Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim...

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High culture, movie-house style

In today's Wall Street Journal "Sightings" column, I take note of the coming to YouTube of British Pathé's archival newsreel...

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More magic to do

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I report on two important out-of-town productions, a staging by Teller (yes, that...

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Presto, change-o

Assuming that all goes well, the blog that has occupied this space largely unaltered since 2003 will have undergone a...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on self-knowledge

"For it is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Almanac: Joseph Conrad on ideas

"Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance,...

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Snapshot: Erroll Garner plays "Earl's Dream"

The Erroll Garner Trio plays "Earl's Dream" in 1972: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lookback: on abandoning series TV

From 2004: When Our Girl told me what happened on the season finale of The Sopranos, I was mildly interested--perhaps...

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on apathy

"There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar;...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Just because: Charles Laughton reads a Biblical parable

Charles Laughton reads the Biblical parable of the Burning Fiery Furnace on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1960. Laughton's original...

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on facts

"They wanted facts. Facts! They demanded facts from him, as if facts could explain anything." Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim...

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Almanac: Simon Callow on comedy

"It may have been that worst of all possible things, a comedy in which the company shrieked with laughter during...

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Reclaiming William Inge

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I report on revivals of two American shows from the Fifties, William Inge's...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almanac: Alva Johnston and Fred Smith on celebrity

"A celebrity has a negative or an inverted sense of hearing; he can hear his name not being mentioned at...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Snapshot: Charles Laughton becomes a stage gangster

From a British Pathé 1930 newsreel, Charles Laughton explains how he makes himself up to appear on stage in Edgar...

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Almanac: Simon Callow on what actors do

"It is interesting to note that frequently actors most successfully project the thing they least are but would most like...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lookback: is recorded sound a good thing?

From 2004: It's no secret, for instance, that the rise of the phonograph basically killed off domestic music-making. My grandfather,...

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Almanac: Julian Bream on what musicians communicate

"As I've got older, I found that music for me is not just a question of music and then living;...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Almanac: Julian Bream on the spirit of music

"The spirit of music can reach people who are sensitive enough to receive it in such a way that the...

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Just because: Julian Bream plays Malcolm Arnold

Julian Bream plays Malcolm Arnold's Guitar Concerto in 1991, accompanied by Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra: (This is...

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Here, there, and everywhere with Satchmo at the Waldorf

• I rejoice to report the latest news about Satchmo at the Waldorf, which is that John Douglas Thompson just...

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Almanac: Somerset Maugham on the artist's life

"The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature...

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Refreshing a great museum

I recently visited an important Phillips Collection exhibition, Made in the U.S.A., about which I hold forth in today's Wall...

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The secret of the master

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I review Westport Country Playhouse's revival of Noël Coward's A Song at Twilight...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Almanac: W.H. Auden on the drunkard

"His refusal to accept the realities of this world, babyish as it may be, compels us to take another look...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Almanac: Michael Ignatieff on a mother's love

"She had given him that existential certainty, that confidence in his own judgement, which had allowed him to live his...

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Snapshot: William Wyler's The Memphis Belle

The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, a 1944 War Department propaganda film directed by William Wyler. Some...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Almanac: Isaiah Berlin on the tragic nature of life

"If, as I believe, the ends of men are many, and not all of them are in principle compatible with...

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