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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Almanac: Charles Wilson on courage by Terry Teachout

“Courage is a moral quality; it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It is a cold choice between two alternatives, the fixed resolve not to quit; an act of renunciati…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Snapshot: Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven by Terry Teachout

Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony in concert in 1978: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vid…

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Almanac: Martin Luther King, Jr. on aspiration by Terry Teachout

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before …

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lookback: on Napoleon Dynamite by Terry Teachout

From 2010: I watched Napoleon Dynamite last night for the first time since its original release, and was pleased to see that it holds up exceptionally well…. Read the whole thing here. C…

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Almanac: George Eliot on despair by Terry Teachout

“There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have d…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Just because: Fred Allen and Oscar Levant in “The Ransom of Red Chief” by Terry Teachout

Fred Allen and Oscar Levant star in “The Ransom of Red Chief,” a 1952 dramatization of O. Henry’s short story that was released as part of an anthology film called O. Henry’s Full H…

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Almanac: Simon Callow on actors and memory lapses by Terry Teachout

“Very often when an actor forgets his lines, it is because a voice inside his brain has whispered to him, ‘Wouldn’t it be dreadful if you forgot the lines?’ And that voice has genera…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Must they “die soon”? by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a webcast of the Lincoln Center Theater premiere of Dominique Morriseau’s Pipeline. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * If you’re looking for st…

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Replay: Art Farmer and Jim Hall in 1964 by Terry Teachout

The Art Farmer Quartet, with Farmer on flugelhorn, Jim Hall on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums, plays “My Kinda Love” on a 1964 episode of Ralph Gleason’s J…

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Almanac: Pope on envy by Terry Teachout

Envy, to which th’ ignoble mind’s a slave,Is emulation in the learn’d or brave. Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man Continue reading Almanac: Pope on envy at About Last Night.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Too great a (social) distance by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I write about the likely effects of social distancing on the arts in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * With Labor Day in …

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Almanac: Emerson on envy by Terry Teachout

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his porti…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Snapshot: Glenn Gould: Off the Record by Terry Teachout

Glenn Gould: Off the Record, a 1959 CBC documentary about the pianist’s life in his lakeside cottage: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in th…

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Almanac: Aeschylus on envy by Terry Teachout

“Few there are who can truly rejoice in their neighbor’s good fortune. In most, envy and malice taint the spirit.” Aeschylus, Agamemnon (trans. David R. Slavitt) Continue reading Alma…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Lookback: on handwritten correspondence by Terry Teachout

From 2005: I’m left-handed, with an ink-smudging overhand hook so exaggerated that my first-grade teacher, who in 1962 was already a thoroughly cranky old woman, tried briefly and vainly t…

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Almanac: Rochefoucauld on jealousy by Terry Teachout

“In jealousy there is more self-love than love.” François de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims, #334 Continue reading Almanac: Rochefoucauld on jealousy at About Last Night.

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Just because: the Everly Brothers on TV in 1958 by Terry Teachout

The Everly Brothers sing “Wake Up, Little Susie” and “Should We Tell Him” on an episode of The Big Record, hosted by Patti Page, which aired on CBS in 1958: (This is the latest in …

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Almanac: Byron on jealousy by Terry Teachout

Yet he was jealous, though he did not show it,For jealousy dislikes the world to know it. Lord Byron, Don Juan Continue reading Almanac: Byron on jealousy at About Last Night.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

The widow Othello by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review American Shakespeare Center’s webcast of Othello. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Virginia’s American Shakespeare Center was one o…

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Replay: Rudolf and Peter Serkin play Schubert by Terry Teachout

Rudolf and Peter Serkin play Schubert’s G Major March, Op. 52/2, live in 1988: (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: Camille Saint-Säens on talking about music by Terry Teachout

“Nothing is more difficult than talking about music: if it is a prickly business for musicians, it is almost impossible for anyone else—the strongest, subtlest minds go astray.” Camill…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Almanac: Piers Paul Read on the memoirist’s art by Terry Teachout

“Memory is, perhaps, selective and authors, even autobiographers, write for effect.” Piers Paul Read, Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography Continue reading Almanac: Piers Paul Read o…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Snapshot: Itzhak Perlman appears on The Ed Sullivan Show by Terry Teachout

Itzhak Perlman plays a movement from Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto on The Ed Sullivan Show. This episode was broadcast on May 10, 1964, when Perlman was nineteen years old: (This i…

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Almanac: Dickens on self-deception by Terry Teachout

“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.” Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Continue reading Almanac: Dickens on …

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lookback: on seeing The Fantasticks in adulthood: by Terry Teachout

From 2006: I went to the new Snapple Theater Center Fiftieth and Broadway to see a press preview of the new revival of The Fantasticks. As anyone who knows anything about theater can tell y…

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Almanac: Steven Spielberg on fact-based art by Terry Teachout

“One of the jobs of art is to go to the impossible places that history must avoid.” Steven Spielberg, speech on the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Continue reading Almanac: …

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Just because: Sarah Vaughan sings “Just One of Those Things” by Terry Teachout

Sarah Vaughan sings “Just One of Those Things” and “Eternally” on a 1960 episode of Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vi…

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Almanac: James Gould Cozzens on keeping secrets by Terry Teachout

“To be able to know and still say nothing often seems to me the most creditable of human accomplishments.” James Gould Cozzens, By Love Possessed Continue reading Almanac: James Gould C…

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Love talk by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review webcasts of Bucks County Playhouse’s Zoom reading of Dear Liar and a staged performance by Florida Repertory Theatre of Twelfth Night. Here’s an…

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Beyond Hitchcock by Terry Teachout

In my latest Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I discuss the many film scores that Bernard Herrmann wrote for directors other than Alfred Hitchcock. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  …

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Arts workers, works of art 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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