Friday, September 23, 2016

Man Down! We’ve Lost Andrew Sullivan: The Battle For The Real World Is Coming For You by Douglas McLennan

Is reality just a construct of the online world or is the online world merely an overlay on reality? Every new technological advance that extends our reach also imposes previously unnecessar…

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A view from the gasworks by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an important off-Broadway revival of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, “A Tas…

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Replay: Betty Comden and Adolph Green in 1979 by Terry Teachout

A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, a 1979 TV version of the 1977 revival of their two-person 1958 Broadway revue. Paul Trueblood is the pianist: originally telecast in 1979: (This i…

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on self-sacrifice by Terry Teachout

“‘I never know why self-sacrifice is noble,’ said Miss Burke. ‘Why is it better to sacrifice oneself than someone else?’ “‘It is no better,’ said Hester, ‘and it is not rea…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little man, big trouble by Terry Teachout

Mrs. T and I just watched Conquest, a delicious 1937 movie in which Charles Boyer and Greta Garbo played Napoleon Bonaparte and the Countess Marie Walewska. Seeing Conquest reminded me that …

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on altruism by Terry Teachout

“It is no good to think that other people are out to serve our interests.” Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elders and Betters

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Snapshot: Chuck Berry performs “Maybelline” on TV by Terry Teachout

Chuck Berry sings and plays “Maybelline” in an undated, unidentified telecast: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, an…

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on the relativity of poverty by Terry Teachout

“People don’t resent having nothing nearly as much as too little.” Ivy Compton-Burnett, A Family and a Fortune

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some Of Our Orchestras Seem To Be Thriving – Is This A New Trend? by Douglas McLennan

There’s been a change in the news coming out of symphony orchestras over the past summer. Usually there’s a background drumbeat of struggle as orchestras fight to stay alive. But…

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It only takes one by Terry Teachout

My “Sightings” column for this week’s Wall Street Journal, which appeared on the paper’s website over the weekend, took note of the death on Friday of Edward Albee. It is running in …

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Ten years after: music that makes me happy by Terry Teachout

From 2006: As I was soaring through the skies of Pennsylvania the other day, my iPod served up Leopold Stokowski’s 1937 recording of Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (not currently ava…

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on victimization by Terry Teachout

“The people sinned against are not always the best.” Ivy Compton-Burnett, The Mighty and their Fall

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What Neuroscientists Know About The Brain And Creativity: It’s Disruptive, Not Systematic by Douglas McLennan

It appears many of us want a formula for creativity. There are 11, 386 books on creativity for sale on Amazon, most of them promising to unlock the secrets of being creative. Scientists stud…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Because it was there by Terry Teachout

I recently read an article about the Washington production of Satchmo at the Waldorf that contained this observation: A soulful, nuanced snapshot of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s lat…

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Just because: The Nicholas Brothers in 1965 by Terry Teachout

Fayard and Harold Nicholas sing and dance “That Old Black Magic,” written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, on The Hollywood Palace. This episode was originally telecast by ABC on Febru…

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on secrets by Terry Teachout

“What a silly thing secrets are! They make us solve them somehow.” Ivy Compton-Burnett, More Women than Men (courtesy of Levi Stahl)

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

So What Exactly Is A “Quantitative” Measure Of The Arts? by Douglas McLennan

Arts Council England says it will use a standardized assessment system called Quality Metrics in evaluating the arts it it considers funding. The system has been developed over several year…

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Five ArtsTrending Stories From This Week’s AJ: Are The Arts Falling Into A Measurement Trap? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The remarkable new National Mall museum that doesn’t look like the rest… An arts council’s risky change in standards… What scientists have learned about t…

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Do the wrong thing by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review a regional revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero. I also take note of the off-Broadway transfer of the Berkshire Theatre Group re…

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Replay: “RCA Victor Announces Living Stereo” in 1958 by Terry Teachout

“RCA Victor Announces Living Stereo,” a 1958 promotional film that explains how stereophonic sound works: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space…

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Almanac: François Truffaut on live theater by Terry Teachout

“I am bothered by the theater. The performance is not the same every night.” François Truffaut (quoted in Charles Thomas Samuels, Encountering Directors)

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Almanac: François Truffaut on critics by Terry Teachout

“No filmmaker likes critics, no matter how nice they are to him. Always he feels that they didn’t say enough about him, or that they didn’t say nice things in an interesting wa…

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Why Music And The Concert Experience Are On The Front Lines Of Virtual Reality by Douglas McLennan

Following on my post from yesterday about anticipating the kinds of experiences people will want from concerts comes this article from Wired about virtual reality and music. Evidently creat…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Snapshot: Isaac Stern appears on The Jack Benny Program by Terry Teachout

“Isaac Stern Boosts Jack’s Morale,” an episode of The Jack Benny Program originally telecast by CBS on November 6, 1955. Mel Blanc plays Benny’s violin teacher and Isaac Stern plays …

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Almanac: François Truffaut on symbolism by Terry Teachout

“I never understood the meaning of a film. I am very concrete. I only understand what is on the screen. In my whole life, I have never understood a single symbol.” François Truffaut (qu…

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The New York Philharmonic’s New Hall Is An Opportunity To Rethink The Orchestra Experience (And Amplify It) by Douglas McLennan

Last week Michael Cooper made a plea in the NYT to the New York Philharmonic for some upgrades to the concert amenity experience when the orchestra overhauls Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fis…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Regrets, I’ve had a few by Terry Teachout

Five things I wish I had: • A winter home on Florida’s Sanibel Island, preferably cloned from one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses or prefab designs—so long as it could be made…

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Ten years after: Gilbert vs. Sullivan by Terry Teachout

From 2006: So which part of the G & S operettas is more important, the words or the music? My Solomonic answer is that the musical numbers–which are, of course, by Gilbert and Sul…

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on work and determination by Terry Teachout

“Ah, it is easy to begin to work. It is when the novelty wears off that the crux comes.” Ivy Compton-Burnett, More Women than Men

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Just because: Miles Davis plays “Round Midnight” in 1967 by Terry Teachout

The Miles Davis Quintet plays Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” in Berlin in 1967. Wayne Shorter plays tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock piano, Ron Carter bass, and Tony Williams drums:…

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Almanac: Paul Valéry on taste by Terry Teachout

“Taste is made of a thousand distastes.” Paul Valéry, Tel quel

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