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Monday, March 25, 2019

I’m still here by Terry Teachout

With one exception, the various brushes with death that I’ve reported in this space have heretofore been experienced and survived by Mrs. T. No more: I got back on the scoreboard late last…

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Just because: Stan Freberg’s commercials by Terry Teachout

A reel of TV commercials created by Stan Freberg: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on “those who cannot do” by Terry Teachout

 “When people cannot write good literature it is perhaps natural that they should lay down rules how good literature should be written.” George Saintsbury, The Book of the Queen’s Do…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

“Ride” of a lifetime by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review two premieres, John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Here’s an excerpt.…

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Replay: an interview with Laurence Olivier by Terry Teachout

Laurence Olivier is interviewed by Michael Parkinson about his film career on Cinema. This program was originally telecast by Granada Television on November 19, 1970: (This is the latest in…

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on connoisseurship by Terry Teachout

“Here, as else- and every-where in criticism, not only the hardest thing but also the hardest thing to get recognized when attained, is the appreciation of difference without insisting on …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Almanac: George Saintsbury on history and the law of unintended consequences by Terry Teachout

“As has been suggested above, the Book of History is the Bible of Irony: and, it may be added, the newspaper is a sort of key to that book though no doubt they change positions very frequ…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Snapshot: Boris Karloff in Heart of Darkness by Terry Teachout

Playhouse 90’s TV version of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” originally telecast live by CBS on November 6, 1958. The adaptation is by Stewart Stern and the telecast was directe…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on the meaning of life by Terry Teachout

“Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself—that comes too late—a crop of un…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lookback: the fifteen greatest American musicals by Terry Teachout

From 2009: I see a good many pre-1970 musicals as part of my duties as drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, and it occurred to me the other day to draw up a list of the best ones. Here,…

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on majority rule by Terry Teachout

“Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right.” George Saintsbury, The Book of the Queen’s Dolls’ House

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Just because: Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten in concert by Terry Teachout

Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten, and the London Symphony perform “When most I wink, then do my eyes best see,” the final movement of Britten’s Nocturne. The text is by Shakespeare. This …

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Almanac: George Saintsbury on fanaticism by Terry Teachout

“Fanatical and, as it were, monomaniacal efforts to prove a thing true often bring indifference to telling falsehoods about it.” George Saintsbury, The Book of the Queen’s Dolls’ Ho…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Young geeks in love by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review two Broadway musicals, the transfer of Be More Chill and a new revival of Kiss Me, Kate. The first is terrific, the second lousy. Here’s an excerp…

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To squabble over a mockingbird by Terry Teachout

We’re back! The twenty-seventh 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 …

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Replay: August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson by Terry Teachout

The Hallmark Hall of Fame TV version of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, adapted by Wilson from his 1987 play and directed by Lloyd Richards, originally telecast by CBS on February 5, 19…

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Almanac: John Kenneth Galbraith on what great leaders do by Terry Teachout

“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, …

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The invisible man of American art by Terry Teachout

In today’s online-only Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I talk about Lincoln Kirstein, who is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Here’s an exce…

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Hear me talking to you (cont’d) by Terry Teachout

Titus Techera, who hosts a podcast for the American Cinema Foundation on which he and his guests discuss important films of the past and present, invited me back earlier this week for the la…

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Almanac: Solzhenitsyn on literature and political power by Terry Teachout

“Woe to that nation whose literature is disturbed by the intervention of power. Because that is not just a violation against ‘freedom of print,’ it is the closing down of the heart of …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Snapshot: a 1962 interview with Harold Lloyd by Terry Teachout

Harry Reasoner interviews Harold Lloyd on Calendar, the morning news program that he co-hosted with Mary Fickett. This episode was originally telecast by CBS on April 16, 1962: (This is the …

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Almanac: Kant on zeal by Terry Teachout

“Zealotry is when the letter of religion is mistaken for its spirit.” Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics (trans. Peter Heath)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lookback: Paul Harvey, R.I.P. by Terry Teachout

From 2009: I didn’t have to drive anywhere to hear Paul Harvey News and Comment. I heard it every weekday morning on the kitchen radio as I wolfed down breakfast and prepared to go to sch…

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Almanac: George Orwell on journalism by Terry Teachout

“The fat Russian agent was cornering all the foreign refugees in turn and explaining plausibly that this whole affair was an Anarchist plot. I watched him with some interest, for it was th…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Just because: Boris Karloff recounts the legend of Death’s “appointment in Samarra” by Terry Teachout

A scene from Targets, written and directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Bogdanovich and Boris Karloff. In this scene, Karloff delivers a monologue interpolated by Bogdanovich from Shep…

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Almanac: Miguel de Unamuno on the need for doubt by Terry Teachout

“Only those who doubt really believe, and those who do not doubt are neither tempted against their faith nor do they truly believe.” Miguel de Unamuno, The Life of Don Quixote and Sanch…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

The ghost of goodness past by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review two off-Broadway shows, Marys Seacole and Merrily We Roll Along. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It shouldn’t be all that surprisin…

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Replay: At the Haunted End of the Day: The Life of Sir William Walton by Terry Teachout

At the Haunted End of the Day: The Life of Sir William Walton, a TV documentary by Tony Palmer, originally telecast on April 19, 1981, as an episode of ITV’s The South Bank Show. In addit…

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Almanac: John Ruskin on aesthetic pleasure by Terry Teachout

“You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Almanac: C.S. Lewis on “hating the sin” by Terry Teachout

“For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The lesson of Satchmo by Terry Teachout

I flew from Houston to New York last March, having just directed the Alley Theater’s production of Satchmo at the Waldorf to mutually satisfying effect. Once I got back home, I went for a …

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