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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Almanac: Eric Hoffer on power by Terry Teachout

“The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.” Eric Hoffer, The Ordeal of Change

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Snapshot: Blossom Dearie sings Blossom Dearie by Terry Teachout

Blossom Dearie sings and plays “I Like You, You’re Nice” on an episode of Parkinson, originally telecast by the BBC in 1972. The music is by Dearie, the lyrics by Mahriah Blackwolf: (…

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Almanac: Samuel R. Delany on power by Terry Teachout

“What real power can buy, of course, is anonymity.” Samuel R. Delany, Neveryóna

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

My friend Harry by Terry Teachout

Harry Jenks, for many years the ballpark organist for the Kansas City Royals, died in 1980. He was already mostly forgotten by then, and scarcely anyone recognized his name when I wrote abou…

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Lookback: on fact-checking a biography at the last minute by Terry Teachout

From 2009: A good biographer will do just about anything to comb snippets of apocrypha out of his book. Fortunately, Louis Armstrong almost always told the truth about himself, but anyone wh…

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Almanac: Martin Buber on power by Terry Teachout

“So long as a man’s power, that is, his capacity to realize what he has in mind, is bound to the goal, to the work, to the calling, it is, considered in itself, neither good nor evil, it…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Just because: Lili Kraus plays Mozart by Terry Teachout

Lili Kraus plays Mozart’s D Minor Fantasy, K. 397, in a rare kinescope of a 1957 TV performance: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this spa…

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Almanac: Lili Kraus on old age and physical suffering by Terry Teachout

“I began to really feel victory in defeat as there is defeat in the most radiant victory. The two are one and the interplay is man’s life until he is so free that he is not aiming at any…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Woke-lahoma! by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review two important musical revivals, Oklahoma! on Broadway and The Cradle Will Rock off Broadway. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Never have I seen a r…

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Replay: Thornton Wilder plays the Stage Manager in Our Town by Terry Teachout

An hour-long radio adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, originally broadcast live by ABC on September 29, 1946 as an episode of Theatre Guild On the Air. Wilder plays the Stage Mana…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on the idealistic revolutionary by Terry Teachout

“The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement—but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a r…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Making Marilyn Monroe boring by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Review I review the world premiere of Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, the first theatrical presentation of The Shed, New York’s new arts center. Here’s an excerpt. *…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on youth and middle age by Terry Teachout

“I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more—the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Snapshot: the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1961 by Terry Teachout

The Modern Jazz Quartet performs on Japanese TV in 1961. Milt Jackson is the vibraharpist, John Lewis the pianist, Percy Heath the bassist, and Connie Kay the drummer: (This is the latest in…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on hope by Terry Teachout

“Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.” Joseph Conrad, Victory

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lookback: the restorative power of art by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Art’s near-magical power to work this mental miracle is the reason why we turn to it in times of stress–yet I’d be lying if I told you that my trip to the Met was the best t…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on ambition by Terry Teachout

“It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.” Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mind’s eye by Terry Teachout

It struck me a couple of months ago that Mrs. T’s recent travails had made her even more deserving than usual of a just-because-I-love-you present. Since she now spends most of her time at…

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Just because: Nadia Boulanger at ninety by Terry Teachout

Mademoiselle, a 1977 French TV documentary about Nadia Boulanger directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. Also interviewed are Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. The dialogue is in French with Eng…

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Almanac: Lennox Berkeley on what makes Stravinsky’s music special by Terry Teachout

“I often tell myself now—Stravinsky has no other notes, or no more notes to work with, than I have, or anybody else. We all have to choose between the same ones. So the important thing i…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Every inch a king by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a new Broadway production of King Lear. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Not so long ago, Glenda Jackson’s “King Lear” would have come as a su…

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Sugaring the feminist pill by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfer of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Rarely has a new play by a modestly w…

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Replay: Glen Campbell performs with the Smothers Brothers by Terry Teachout

Glen Campbell and the Smothers Brothers sing “Thank You Very Much” on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. This episode was originally telecast by CBS in February of 1968: (This is the la…

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Almanac: James Hilton on Chinese art by Terry Teachout

“His liking for Chinese art was an affair of the mind; in a world of increasing noise and hugeness, he turned in private to gentle, precise, and miniature things.” James Hilton, Lost Ho…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Almanac: James Hilton on remembered love by Terry Teachout

“Conway remarked with a smile: ‘I suppose you’re certain, then, that no human affection can outlast a five-year absence?’ “‘It can, undoubtedly,’ replied the Chinese, ‘but on…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Snapshot: Peter Pears and Julian Bream perform lute songs by Terry Teachout

Peter Pears and Julian Bream perform John Dowland’s “Fine knacks for ladies” and Philip Rosseter’s “What then is love but mourning” on the BBC in 1959: (This is the latest in a s…

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Almanac: James Hilton on English amateurism by Terry Teachout

“Since the point was raised, it seemed to me that Mrs. Rainier was too good, and that for this reason she might miss the secret English bull’s-eye that can only be hit by guns sighted to…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lookback: on reading the page proofs of your latest book by Terry Teachout

From 2009: No matter how you think you feel about a book that you’ve written, your feelings are guaranteed to change when you see your treasured words set in cold type for the first time. …

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Almanac: James Hilton on showing off by Terry Teachout

“Extraordinary how stupid one can be when one would prefer to impress by being knowledgeable.” James Hilton, Random Harvest

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Monday, April 1, 2019

No worries by Terry Teachout

Not long after my recent car crash, a friend wrote: “Do hope you are feeling recovered, and that the missing patch of hair isn’t too obvious.” (I’d previously mentioned in this space…

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Just because: Diana Mitford talks about Adolf Hitler by Terry Teachout

Excerpts from a TV interview with Lady Diana Mosley (formerly Diana Mitford) in which she talks with Mavis Nicholson about her marriage to Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of F…

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