Friday, October 30, 2020

Just the right size by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a webcast of the Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * How bad can a pla…

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Replay: Clairemarie Osta dances “Emeralds” by Terry Teachout

Clairemarie Osta dances Fauré’s “Sicilienne” in the Paris Opera Ballet’s 2005 staging of George Balanchine’s “Emeralds,” the first section of Jewels, his full-evening plotles…

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Almanac: Anthony Powell on growing old by Terry Teachout

“Growing old’s like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.” Anthony Powell, Temporary Kings Continue reading Almanac: Anthony Powell on growing old at About…

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Almanac: Anthony Powell on “truth” in fiction and biography by Terry Teachout

“People think because a novel’s invented, it isn’t true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Because a novel’s invented, it is true. Biography and memoires can never be wholly true, sin…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Snapshot: Vladimir Horowitz plays Scriabin by Terry Teachout

Vladimir Horowitz plays Scriabin’s Vers la flamme in the living room of his Manhattan apartment: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this sp…

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Almanac: Hortense Calisher on happy childhoods by Terry Teachout

“A happy childhood can’t be cured. Mine’ll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that’s all, instead of a noose.” Hortense Calisher, Queenie Continue reading Almanac: Hortense Calis…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Lookback: traveling light by Terry Teachout

From 2010: I, too, once felt the mad desire to own every jazz record ever made, and to have them all shelved in chronological order at arm’s length from my desk. Today I own just two racks…

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Almanac: Anthony Powell on the meaningfulness of literature by Terry Teachout

“I was impressed for the ten thousandth time by the fact that literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Books are unconvertable assets, to be passed on only…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Farther along by Terry Teachout

It’s just short of seven months since the death of Hilary Teachout, my beloved wife. I was close to despair when I returned from her deathbed to my locked-down apartment, and though I thou…

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Just because: Jeri Southern sings Frank Loesser by Terry Teachout

Jeri Southern sings Frank Loesser’s “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year”: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday…

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Almanac: Shakespeare on grief by Terry Teachout

“Every one can master a grief but he that has it.” William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Continue reading Almanac: Shakespeare on grief at About Last Night.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

From the Mint, another gem by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review a webcast of the Mint Theater Company’ 2018 revival of Miles Malleson’s Conflict. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * The thing I miss most about…

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Replay: Langston Hughes reads “The Weary Blues” by Terry Teachout

Langston Hughes reads his poem “The Weary Blues” on the CBC in 1958, accompanied by a jazz combo: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this…

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Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on evil by Terry Teachout

“Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.” G.K. Chesterton, “The Flying Stars” Continue reading Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on e…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Digital tourism and the snowball effect by Terry Teachout

A new episode of Three on the Aisle, the podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. He…

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Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on intellectuals by Terry Teachout

“She hasn’t got any intellect to speak of; but you don’t need any intellect to be an intellectual.” G.K. Chesterton, “The Scandal of Father Brown” Continue reading Almanac: G.K. …

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bye-bye, Bye Bye Birdie by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I take a look at a little-known survey that sheds light on the future of theater in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * As th…

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Snapshot: Shirley Horn sings “Here’s to Life” by Terry Teachout

Shirley Horn sings “Here’s to Life” with John Williams and the Boston Pops in 1993. The arrangement is by Johnny Mandel: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related v…

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Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on rights by Terry Teachout

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.” G.K. Chesterton, A Short History of England Continue reading Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on rights at Abou…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lookback: the veil of the past by Terry Teachout

From 2016: I remember quite a lot about my ten-year-old self and the town in which I lived—but not much about the rest of the world. Just the other day I looked up Wikipedia’s timeline o…

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Almanac: Anthony Powell on fortune-tellers by Terry Teachout

“To have one’s fortune told gratifies, after all, most of the superficial demands of egotism. There is no mystery about the eternal popularity of divination.” Anthony Powell, The Acce…

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Just because: W.B. Yeats reads his poetry by Terry Teachout

W.B. Yeats reads and talks about three of his poems on the BBC. These recordings were made in 1932, 1934, and 1937: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that …

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Almanac: Emlyn Williams on money by Terry Teachout

“Anyone can squander money, and anyone can hoard it. But the most difficult thing in the world is to know how to spend it.” Emlyn Williams, The Corn Is Green Continue reading Almanac: E…

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Friday, October 16, 2020

The critic and the vampire by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review a production of Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas webcast from Dallas. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Prior to the coming of the pandemic, I travel…

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Replay: André Previn conducts Bernard Herrmann by Terry Teachout

André Previn and the Pittsburgh Symphony perform a suite from Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at a 1979 concert: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and h…

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Almanac: Emerson on light by Terry Teachout

“Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature Continue reading Almanac: Emerson on light at Abo…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Almanac: James Thurber on light by Terry Teachout

“There are two kinds of light—the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber, Lanterns and Lances Continue reading Almanac: James Thurber on light at About Last N…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Snapshot: Erle Stanley Gardner and George Sanders appear on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Erle Stanley Gardner and George Sanders appear separately as mystery guests on What’s My Line? John Daly is the host and the panel consists of Jim Backus, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis an…

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Almanac: James Michener on “dark ages” by Terry Teachout

“An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.” James A. Michener, Space Continue reading Almanac: James Michener on “dark ages” a…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lookback: the lost art of fact-checking by Terry Teachout

From 2003: As anyone knows who’s been in journalism for more than the past 20 minutes or so, fact checking is an increasingly lost art. Time was when many magazines—if not most—rigorou…

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Almanac: Charles Dickens on suffering by Terry Teachout

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.” Charle…

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