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Friday, January 18, 2019

Don’t believe everything you read by Terry Teachout

My Wall Street Journal review of the Broadway transfer of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy is now on line. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Careerwise, Tarell Alvin McCran…

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Replay: Michael Parkinson interviews Fred Astaire by Terry Teachout

Fred Astaire is interviewed by Michael Parkinson in 1976. This clip is an excerpt from an episode of Parkinson, originally telecast by the BBC on February 14, 1976: (This is the latest …

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Almanac: Cesare Pavese on patience by Terry Teachout

“Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.” Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The woman who knew everybody by Terry Teachout

In my new Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, which I resume this week after a hiatus caused by Mrs. T’s recent illness, I write about the reissue of The Kindness of Strangers…

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Almanac: Cesare Pavese on the meaning of suffering by Terry Teachout

“But the real, tremendous truth is this: suffering serves no purpose whatever.” Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snapshot: John Hartford sings “California Earthquake” by Terry Teachout

John Hartford is interviewed by Hugh Hefner, then performs “California Earthquake.” This clip was taped on November 10, 1968, for an episode of Playboy After Dark, Hefner’s syndic…

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Almanac: Charles Stross on privacy by Terry Teachout

“Privacy is a peculiarly twentieth-century concept, an artifact of the Western urban middle classes: Before then, only the super rich could afford it, and since the invention of e-mail and…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lookback: a (darkly) nostalgic visit to Kansas City by Terry Teachout

From 2009: I went to Kansas City to spend a day communing with myself when young, wondering whether I’d know where to look for him. I drove toward what sounded like a familiar address, too…

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Almanac: Phyllis McGinley on tolerance by Terry Teachout

Those wearing Tolerance for a labelCall other views intolerable. Phyllis McGinley, “In Praise of Diversity”

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Monday, January 14, 2019

I got through all of last year… by Terry Teachout

Most of the time I can’t quite grasp the undeniable fact that I’m sixty-two, going on sixty-three. Rarely if ever do I feel that old, and I know I don’t look anything like my age …

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Just because: Benno Moiseiwitsch and Constant Lambert play Rachmaninoff by Terry Teachout

Benno Moiseiwitsch, Constant Lambert, and the London Philharmonic play an excerpt from Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in Battle for Music, a British wartime propaganda film rele…

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Almanac: Phyllis McGinley on love in the face of difficulty by Terry Teachout

So might two climbers lost in mountain weather On a high slope and taken by the storm, Desperate in the darkness, cling together Under one cloak and breathe each other warm. Stay near me…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Replay: Malcolm Muggeridge interviews Edward R. Murrow by Terry Teachout

Malcolm Muggeridge interviews Edward R. Murrow on Panorama, a BBC series first seen in 1953 that is the world’s longest-running television program about current affairs. The two men discus…

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Almanac: E.B. White on the future of television by Terry Teachout

“I believe television is going to be the test of the modern world, and that in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision we shall discover either a new and unbearable dist…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Almanac: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg on unbelief by Terry Teachout

“With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.” Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Notebook L

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Almanac: Henry James on social climbing by Terry Teachout

“Their one idea was to get in with people who didn’t want them and to take snubs as if they were honorable scars.” Henry James, “The Pupil”

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Almanac: E.M. Cioran on the ironies of history by Terry Teachout

“History is irony on the move, the Mind’s jeer down through men and events. Today this belief triumphs; tomorrow, vanquished, it will be dismissed and replaced: those who accepted i…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Almanac: Robert W. Lenski on growing older by Terry Teachout

“Why is it when we get older, we think it’s the weather that’s changing?” Robert W. Lenski, teleplay for Decoration Day (adapted from a novella by John William Corrington)

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Back on the aisle again by Terry Teachout

Two episodes of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, became available on line for listening or…

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Almanac: William Goldman on drama critics by Terry Teachout

“There is one thing that 99 percent of all critics share with one another: they are failures. I don’t mean failures as critics—my God, that’s understood. I don’t even mean they are…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Catching up with myself by Terry Teachout

In addition to my regular drama columns, I published three other pieces in <I>The Wall Street Journal</I> during my recent semi-hiatus from this blog. The first one, which ra…

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Almanac: William Goldman on clichés and art by Terry Teachout

“Examine any work of art down to its bone and you find cliché.” William Goldman, <I>The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway</I> (courtesy of Jason Zinoman)

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The best theater of 2018 by Terry Teachout

My Wall Street Journal best-theater-of-2018 list appeared in the paper two weeks ago. Here are some excerpts. You can read the whole thing by going here. *  *  * • …

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The weight of being erased by Terry Teachout

One of the finest new plays of the year just past, Heather Raffo’s Noura, opened off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons a couple of days after I had to send in my Wall Street Journal best-t…

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Almanac: Patrick O’Brien on the emotional power of music by Terry Teachout

“‘Do you know any happy music?’ asked Stephen. ‘I do not.’” Patrick O’Brien, The Hundred Days

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Killing To Kill a Mockingbird by Terry Teachout

I parted company with most of my colleagues in my Wall Street Journal review of Aaron Sorkin’s new stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird, whose Broadway premiere I loathed. In the sa…

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Almanac: Patrick O’Brien on patience by Terry Teachout

“The sea, if it teaches nothing else, does at least compel a submission to the inevitable which resembles patience.” Patrick O’Brien, Blue at the Mizzen

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Monday, December 31, 2018

We interrupt this program… by Terry Teachout

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that Mrs. T’s chronic illness has put us through the wringer of late. Among other things, she spent two weeks in a Connecticut hospital in Novemb…

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Still kicking by Terry Teachout

In the three weeks that have gone by since Mrs. T’s hospital stays kept me from putting up new postings, I’ve reviewed four shows for The Wall Street Journal. One of them, Signature…

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Just because: Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants by Terry Teachout

A live performance of Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, taped for TV at New York’s Second Stage Theatre in 1996 and telecast by HBO. This show was directed for the stage by David Mamet: (Th…

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Almanac: Euripides on caregiving by Terry Teachout

PYLADES I’ll take care of you. ORESTES It’s rotten work. PYLADES Not to me. Not if it’s you. Euripides, Orestes (translated by Anne Carson)

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