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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Snapshot: Frank Sinatra sings “Send in the Clowns” by Terry Teachout

Frank Sinatra sings Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” (from A Little Night Music).This performance, taped in front of a live audience, was originally telecast by NBC on Nove…

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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on the actor in old age by Terry Teachout

“By the time an actor knows how to act any sort of part he is often too old to act any but a few.” W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lookback: on “definitive” biographies by Terry Teachout

From 2009: A great man (or woman) is too big to cram into a book-sized box. The best that you can do is offer a summary of the current state of knowledge about him, written from your own poi…

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Almanac: Jean Kerr on movie stars by Terry Teachout

“Movie actors are just ordinary mixed-up people—with agents.” Jean Kerr, Mary, Mary

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Just because: George Raft and Carole Lombard dance a duet by Terry Teachout

George Raft and Carole Lombard dance a duet in Rumba, a 1935 film directed by Marion Gering. The song to which they are dancing is Ralph Rainger’s “The Magic of You”: (This is the…

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Almanac: Martha Graham on the purpose of dance by Terry Teachout

“We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and th…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The case for Chopin by Terry Teachout

My latest monthly essay for Commentary, occasioned by Alan Walker’s important new primary-source biography of Fryderyk Chopin, is now on line: Chopin…was a publicity-shunning introvert w…

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Broadway cosplay by Terry Teachout

The twenty-sixth 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 …

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Home invasion by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review a new Broadway revival of Sam Shepard’s True West. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Sooner or later, most serio…

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Replay: Ronald Reagan appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

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

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Almanac: Rollo May on anxiety by Terry Teachout

“The awareness of the relationship between the self and the world is precisely what breaks down in anxiety.” Rollo May, The Meaning of Anxiety

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Almanac: Bertrand Russell on fear of disaster by Terry Teachout

“Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.” Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Snapshot: a rare extended interview with Bing Crosby by Terry Teachout

Bing Crosby is interviewed by Michael Parkinson in 1972. This clip was originally telecast as part of an episode of Parkinson, which was aired by the BBC on December 23, 1972: (This is …

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Almanac: George Steiner on the roots of tragedy by Terry Teachout

“Tragedy springs from outrage; it protests at the conditions of life.” George Steiner, The Death of Tragedy

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lookback: John Updike, R.I.P. by Terry Teachout

From 2009: I never succeeded in engaging with John Updike’s work, and I’ve always assumed that the fault is mine. Throughout my lifetime he was the very model of a modern man of letters,…

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Almanac: Ambrose Bierce on patience by Terry Teachout

“Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.” Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Just because: Ricardo Montalban “plays” Aaron Copland by Terry Teachout

Ricardo Montalban “plays” “Fantasia Mexicana,” Johnny Green’s arrangement for piano and orchestra of Aaron Copland’s El Salón Mexico, in Fiesta, a 1947 film directed b…

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Almanac: Colin Wilson on suffering by Terry Teachout

“Suffering is admittedly one of the central problems of human existence; but this is because we have a suspicion that it is all for nothing. If we had a certainty about meaning, …

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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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