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Friday, July 3, 2020

Replay: Louis Armstrong plays “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong plays “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (interpolating “The Star-Spangled Banner”) on The DuPont Show of the Month: Crescendo, originally telecast live by CBS o…

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Almanac: Martin Luther King, Jr., on America’s status by Terry Teachout

“It is a trite yet urgently true observation that if America is to remain a first-class nation, it cannot have second-class citizens.” Martin Luther King, Jr., address to the National Ur…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Almanac: Susan Sontag on depression by Terry Teachout

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms—the animation, the fits.” Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor Continue reading Almanac: Susan Sontag on depression at About Last Night.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Snapshot: a TV interview with Thornton Wilder by Terry Teachout

Lilli Palmer interviews Thornton Wilder in an extremely rare TV appearance on The Lilli Palmer Show. This clip was originally telecast on NBC in 1952:  (This is the latest in a series of …

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Almanac: Dodie Smith on depression by Terry Teachout

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle Continue reading Almanac: Dodie Smith on depression at About Last Night.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The presence of the absence by Terry Teachout

The last play I saw on stage, Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, had a short off-Broadway run before New York’s theaters were closed down in mid-March. Earlier that same week, my beloved w…

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Lookback: my fifteen favorite songs written for films by Terry Teachout

From 2010: Today’s episode of Fresh Air is all about the history of songs in Hollywood, and the producers invited those who follow the series on Twitter to vote for their favorite movie s…

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Almanac: Kierkegaard on depression by Terry Teachout

“My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known—no wonder, then, that I return the love.” Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or Continue reading Almanac: Kierkegaard on depression a…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Just because: John Steinbeck talks about The Grapes of Wrath in 1952 by Terry Teachout

John Steinbeck talks to the Voice of America about how America has changed since he wrote The Grapes of Wrath. This radio interview was originally broadcast on February 11, 1952: (This is …

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Almanac: Ernest Hemingway on writers and depression by Terry Teachout

“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.” Ernest Hemingway, letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 13, 1929) Conti…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

What makes a summer movie? by Terry Teachout

I’ve written an essay for Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about the history of summer movies in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Summer is here—but there are no movies to mark …

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Imaginary reunion by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an Original Theater Company/59E59 Theaters webcast of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Except for “The History…

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Replay: Richard Burton talks about Dylan Thomas by Terry Teachout

Richard Burton talks about Dylan Thomas and Under Milk Wood in a BBC interview originally telecast on February 15, 1971: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos…

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Almanac: Rollo May on depression by Terry Teachout

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.” Rollo May, Love and Will Continue reading Almanac: Rollo May on depression at About Last Night.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Almanac: Edward Abbey on melancholia by Terry Teachout

“As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth.” Edward Abbey, A V…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Snapshot: Johnny Cash sings “Big River” by Terry Teachout

Johnny Cash performs his “Big River” on an episode of Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry originally telecast on February 12, 1962: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vid…

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Almanac: Edward Abbey on wit by Terry Teachout

“The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.” Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) Continue reading Almanac: Edward Abbey on wit at About Last …

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lookback: on writing as work (and other matters) by Terry Teachout

From 2005: Very few people who don’t write for a living understand that writing is work, much less that a writer who is sitting in a chair, reading a book or staring absently into the dis…

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Almanac: Patrick O’Brian on pleasure by Terry Teachout

“Any innocent pleasure is a real good; there are not so many of them.” Patrick O’Brian, Post Captain Continue reading Almanac: Patrick O’Brian on pleasure at About Last Night.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Just because: Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor dance on TV in 1959 by Terry Teachout

Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor dance a medley of songs from their films. This clip is an excerpt from Pontiac Star Parade, a TV special that was originally telecast by NBC on November 21,…

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Almanac: Dorothy Sayers on tact by Terry Teachout

“Few things are more irritating than to discover, after you have been at great pains to spare a person some painful intelligence, that he has known it all along and is not nearly so mch af…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

You gotta have Hart by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review a webcast version of Lincoln Center Theater’s 2014 production of James Lapine’s Act One. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * James Lap…

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England’s other musical master by Terry Teachout

My latest Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column is about Lennox Berkeley, an English composer whose music is all but unknown in this country and deserves much wider recognition. Here’…

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Tamilla Woodard on doing the work by Terry Teachout

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

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Replay: Nat King Cole appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Nat King Cole appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line?John Daly is the host and the panelists are Steve Allen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, and Dorothy Kilgallen. This episode was…

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Almanac: Lord Byron on hope by Terry Teachout

“But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence. The least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.” Lord Byron, le…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Almanac: Montaigne on the propensity of men to create their own gods by Terry Teachout

“Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite, and he makes gods by the dozen.” Michel de Montalgne, Essays (trans. Donald M. Frame) Continue reading Almanac: Montaigne on the prope…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Snapshot: a TV interview with Mark Knopfler by Terry Teachout

Mark Knopfler is interviewed by Michael Parkinson on Parkinson, originally telecast by the BBC in 2000: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in t…

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on the test of good criticism by Terry Teachout

“I wish that I could save myself constant repetition by printing across the dog’s-ear place of these pages the warning, ‘Never judge a critic by your agreement with his likes and disl…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Lookback: a visit to a prefabricated Frank Lloyd Wright house by Terry Teachout

From 2010: As part of our long-term project of staying at all six of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses that can be rented for overnight stays, we launched our vacation by flying to Pittsburgh an…

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on the “anonymity” of great writers by Terry Teachout

“Let us also once more rejoice in, and thank God for, the fact that we know nothing about Homer, and practically nothing about Shakespeare.” George Saintsbury, A Last Scrap Book Continu…

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