Monday, May 30, 2016

Chastened and inspired by Terry Teachout

“I saw a woman in Central Park today wearing a T-shirt that said ‘America Was Never Great,’” a friend of mine tweeted over the weekend. I wasn’t surprised to hear it. My country co…

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In memoriam: Andrew Davis conducts Elgar by Terry Teachout

Andrew Davis leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the prelude and “Angel’s Farewell” from Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. The vocal soloist is Catherine Wyn-Roge…

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Almanac: Cormac McCarthy on loss by Terry Teachout

“All the time you spend tryin to get back what’s been took from you there’s more goin out the door. After a while you just try and get a tourniquet on it.” Cormac McCarthy, No Countr…

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Five Highlights From Last Week’s AJ, Endless Arts Planning Edition by Douglas McLennan

When arts planning becomes the point rather than the process. Why your creativity may be dependent on being bored. Are MFA degrees a waste of time if you want to be an artist? Broadway break…

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Shakespeare: The Miniseries by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I report on the premiere of Chicago Shakespeare’s Tug of War: Foreign Fire. Here’s an excerpt. * * * It’s become common—even fashionable…

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Replay: Frank Sinatra meets Antonio Carlos Jobim by Terry Teachout

Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim sing a bossa nova medley on Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim. This program was originally telecast by NBC on November 13, 1967: (This …

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Almanac: Frank Sinatra on his life by Terry Teachout

“What I do with my life is of my own doing. I live it the best way I can.” Frank Sinatra, interviewed by Walter Cronkite in 1965

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Almanac: Azar Nafisi on the affirmative power of fiction by Terry Teachout

“In all great works of fiction, regardless of the grim reality they present, there is an affirmation of life against the transience of that life, an essential defiance. This affirmation li…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

In search of lost time by Terry Teachout

I just finished One-Man Band, the third volume of Simon Callow’s Orson Welles biography. It’s the first new book I’ve read from cover to cover since I got back from directing Satchmo a…

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Snapshot: Candid Camera goes to Moscow in 1961 by Terry Teachout

Candid Camera pays a visit to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. This episode was originally telecast on CBS in October of 1961. To read about how it was made, go here. The hosts are Alle…

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Almanac: Eric Hoffer on totalitarianism and civility by Terry Teachout

“Some of the worst tyrannies of our day genuinely are ‘vowed’ to the service of mankind, yet can function only by pitting neighbor against neighbor. The all-seeing eye of a totalitaria…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

If you find one by Terry Teachout

An expatriate friend whom I haven’t seen for years recently sent me a present, a pair of tiny crystal flamingos that she intended as symbols of my marriage to Mrs. T. I was amazed—the tw…

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Ten years after: on the inaccessibility of silent movies by Terry Teachout

From 2006: With a few exceptions, medieval and early Renaissance art and music don’t speak to me. The gap of sensibility is too wide for me to cross. I have a feeling that silent film–no…

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Almanac: Will Rogers on movies by Terry Teachout

“There is only one thing that can kill the Movies, and that is education.” Will Rogers, The Autobiography of Will Rogers

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Change and decay by Terry Teachout

This is something I wrote a quarter-century ago in a memoir of my childhood and youth: Memory is the key to a small town. A stranger driving through my home town would see nothing but school…

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Just because: John Raitt sings “Soliloquy” by Terry Teachout

John Raitt sings “Soliloquy,” from Carousel, on General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, originally telecast on March 28, 1954, by ABC, CBS, NBC, and DuM…

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Almanac: Yevgeny Zamyatin on the inevitability of crime by Terry Teachout

“The sole means of ridding man of crime is to rid him of freedom.” Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (trans. Natasha Randall)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Five Stories From Last Week’s AJ: Likes And Dislikes Edition by Douglas McLennan

Why aren’t the arts something we can all get behind? Maybe it’s somewhere in the psychology of how we like what we like? Revealed: nobody reads arts reviews anymore (says an edit…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

A peacock meets his doom by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Brooklyn transfer of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde. Here’s an excerpt. * * * David Hare would seem a n…

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Replay: Skip James performs “Devil Got My Woman” by Terry Teachout

Skip James performs “Devil Got My Woman” at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and F…

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on the problem of modern drama by Terry Teachout

“Unfortunately for the modern dramatist, during the past century and a half the public realm has been less and less of a realm where human deeds are done, and more and more of a realm of m…

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

A playwright, not a cartoonist by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I sift through The Blue Touch Paper, David Hare’s recently published memoir, for clues to his distinctive approach to political thea…

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on the nastiness of artists by Terry Teachout

“Real artists are not nice people; all their best feelings go into their work, and life has the residue.” W.H. Auden, letter to his brother (1927, quoted in Richard Davenport-Hines, Sex,…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Snapshot: a reunion of the original Benny Goodman Quartet by Terry Teachout

The original Benny Goodman Quartet plays “Avalon” on Timex All-Star Swing Festival, taped at Lincoln Center and originally telecast by NBC in 1972. Goodman plays clarinet, Lionel Hampton…

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on mass culture by Terry Teachout

“What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. This is bad for everyone; the majority …

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s still working! by Terry Teachout

Every performance of my Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Satchmo at the Waldorf is prefaced by a special turn-off-your-cellphones announcement that I wrote myself. It’s based on the mod…

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Lookback: relativism and its discontents by Terry Teachout

From 2006: People are forever telling me that a work of art should be “criticized on its own terms.” (Mr. Parabasis, one of my favorite bloggers, got after me a few weeks ago on …

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on taste by Terry Teachout

“The surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it.” W.H. Auden, “Reading” (from The Dyer’s Hand)

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Monday, May 16, 2016

All that is solid by Terry Teachout

I am now officially a professional stage director. My new production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, my first play, opened on Friday at Palm Beach Dramaworks, where it will run through June 12. M…

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Just because: Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Handel by Terry Teachout

Sir Thomas Beecham and the Chicago Symphony perform a suite from Love in Bath, a ballet score assembled and arranged by Beecham from music drawn from the operas of Handel. This performance w…

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on wishes by Terry Teachout

“All wishes, whatever their apparent content, have the same and unvarying meaning: ‘I refuse to be what I am.’” W.H. Auden, “Interlude: West’s Disease” (from The Dyer’s H…

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