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Monday, April 8, 2019

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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Almanac: Anthony McCarten on age and wisdom by Terry Teachout

“When youth departs, may wisdom prove enough.” Anthony McCarten, screenplay for Darkest Hour (spoken in the film by Winston Churchill)

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Two for two at the Irish Rep by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, which appears in the paper’s online edition, I review an important off-Broadway revival of Juno and the Paycock. Here’s an excerpt. *  *…

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Isn’t she loverly? by Terry Teachout

The twenty-eighth 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 lis…

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Replay: John Gielgud in Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version by Terry Teachout

Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version, starring John Gielgud and Angela Baddeley, adapted for radio by Cynthia Pughe, and originally broadcast by the BBC on January 30, 1958: (This is t…

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Almanac: Christopher Hampton on lying by Terry Teachout

“I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.” Christopher Hampton, The Phila…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The man who set Clint Eastwood to music by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I discuss a new book about one of the world’s most important film-music composers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Which classical…

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Almanac: Theodore Dalrymple on faddishness by Terry Teachout

“The fate of all people who imitate others to achieve authenticity is to live a lie.” Theodore Dalrymple, “Exposing Shallowness” (The New Criterion,June 2000)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Me, elsewhere by Terry Teachout

Two new magazine pieces by me have been published in the past few days. One of them, my latest monthly essay for Commentary, is about Western movies: Stagecoach set the tone for Western fi…

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Snapshot: Buddy Rich plays—and sings by Terry Teachout

Buddy Rich sings Cole Porter’s “All of You” and plays an impromptu blues on an undated episode of “In Melbourne Tonight,” an Australian TV series. This segment is thought to have o…

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Almanac: Delacroix on innovation by Terry Teachout

“What moves men of genius, or rather, what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” Eugène Delacr…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lookback: the story of “West End Blues” by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Everybody who knows about jazz knows about “West End Blues.” I doubt, though, that most people know where the song, written by Joe Oliver, Armstrong’s mentor, got its name…

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Almanac: Patrick Kurp on opinionated people by Terry Teachout

“The ego is an opinion-generating mechanism, one that calls into question the impossibility of perpetual motion.” Patrick Kurp, Anecdotal Evidence, Feb. 10, 2019

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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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