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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Snapshot: Dirk Bogarde in “The Alien Corn” by Terry Teachout

A scene from the film version of Somerset Maugham’s “The Alien Corn,” directed by Harold French, adapted for the screen by R.C. Sherriff, introduced by Maugham. The film is one of four…

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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on art and artists by Terry Teachout

“’If I thought you had in you the makings of an artist I shouldn’t hesitate to beseech you to give up everything for art’s sake. Art is the only thing that matters. In comparison wit…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Lookback: my reading habits by Terry Teachout

From 2015: Pamela Paul, the editor of the New York Times Book Review, just did an excellent “By the Book” interview with my old friend David Brooks. I liked the results so much that I…

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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on hypocrisy by Terry Teachout

“Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be p…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Just because: the Manhattan Transfer sings “Snowfall” by Terry Teachout

The Manhattan Transfer sings Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall” in concert: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wedne…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Aedín Moloney says Yes! by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review the Irish Rep’s webcast of Aedín Moloney in Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Throughout the pandem…

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Replay: Fredric March appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Fredric March appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? (His first name is misspelled on the nameplate.) John Daly is the host and the panelists are Steve Allen, Bennett Cerf, Arle…

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Almanac: Harry Truman on public service by Terry Teachout

“One of the difficulties with all our institutions is the fact that we’ve emphasized the reward instead of the service.” Harry S. Truman, letter to Harold E. Moore (September 27, 1949)…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Almanac: Somerset Maugham on memoirs by Terry Teachout

“There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.” Somerset Maugham, The Summin…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Snapshot: Vladimir Horowitz plays Schubert by Terry Teachout

Vladimir Horowitz plays Schubert’s Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 2, at a recital in Vienna in 1987: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space …

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Almanac: Jacques Barzun on the piano by Terry Teachout

“It is drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity, the most massive of the devices by which the young are tortured in the name of education and the grown-up in the name of ente…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Lookback: on joining the National Counncil on the Arts by Terry Teachout

From 2005: I went to my framer yesterday afternoon and picked up the presidential commission for my appointment to the National Council on the Arts. It’s a splendidly old-fashioned docume…

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Almanac: Thornton Wilder on hope by Terry Teachout

“Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.” Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day Continue reading Almanac: Thornton Wilder on hope at About …

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Almanac: Gore Vidal on the will to power by Terry Teachout

“To want power is corruption already.” Gore Vidal, The Best Man Continue reading Almanac: Gore Vidal on the will to power at About Last Night.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Just because: Gore Vidal talks about The Best Man by Terry Teachout

In an undated TV interview, Gore Vidal talks about Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1964 screen version of The Best Man, his 1960 play, and the ideas about politics on which it was based: (This is…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Verbal virtuosity by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shaw! Shaw! Shaw!. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Webcasts of the plays of George Bernard Sha…

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Jump-starting an arts revival by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I talk about how to jump-start a post-pandemic revival of the arts in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * As everybody with eve…

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Replay: Alfred Hitchcock talks to Dick Cavett by Terry Teachout

Alfred Hitchcock is interviewed by Dick Cavett on TV in 1972: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Frida…

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Almanac: Tolstoy on happiness by Terry Teachout

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.” Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (trans. Louise and Aylmer Maude) Continue read…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Almanac: Ambrose Bierce on the President of the United States by Terry Teachout

“PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom—and of whom only—it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for Presiden…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Snapshot: FDR’s 1933 inauguration by Terry Teachout

Sound footage of the presidential inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, W…

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Almanac: Ralph Ellison on power by Terry Teachout

“Power doesn’t have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.” Ralph Ellison, I…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lookback: “Call me Bartleby” by Terry Teachout

From 2006: I woke up this morning at nine-thirty, an hour later than my normal get-up-and-go time. As I descended from the loft in which I spend my nights, it struck me that I had nothing wh…

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Almanac: Thomas Fuller on memory by Terry Teachout

“We have all forgot more than we remember.” Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia Continue reading Almanac: Thomas Fuller on memory at About Last Night.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Just because: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays Ravel by Terry Teachout

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays the slow movement of Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto, accompanied by Sergiu Celidibache and the London Symphony:  (This is the latest in a series of ar…

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Almanac: Jean Anouilh on beauty by Terry Teachout

“Things are beautiful if you love them.” Jean Anouilh, Mademoiselle Colombe (trans. Louis Kronenberger) Continue reading Almanac: Jean Anouilh on beauty at About Last Night.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

The pandemic process by Terry Teachout

A new episode of Three on the Aisle, the podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. He…

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Classics for free by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review two theatrical webcasts drawn from important New York productions of the past by the Hunter Theater Project and Shakespeare in the Par…

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Replay: Laurence Olivier in Uncle Vanya by Terry Teachout

A scene from the 1963 film of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” directed by Laurence Olivier and starring Olivier, Rosemary Harris, and Michael Redgrave: (This is the latest in a series of art…

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Almanac: Chekhov on friendship between men and women by Terry Teachout

“A woman can be a man’s friend only in this sequence: first an acquaintance, then a mistress, and after that a friend.” Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya Continue reading Almanac: Chekhov on…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Almanac: Will and Ariel Durant on revolution by Terry Teachout

“The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers…

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