Friday, July 29, 2016

Replay: an interview with Jule Styne by Terry Teachout

Jule Styne plays his songs and talks about his career with Hugh Downs, then performs “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (from Gypsy, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim). This interview was or…

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Almanac: Bertrand Russell on the danger of education by Terry Teachout

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.” Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

N.C. Wyeth’s secret life by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I report and reflect on an exhibition of the “serious” paintings of N.C. Wyeth. Here’s an excerpt. * * * I can’t remember the…

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Almanac: Thomas Jefferson on democracy and ignorance by Terry Teachout

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Thomas Jefferson, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey (January 6, 181…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pirates on the prowl by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review a Massachusetts production of The Pirates of Penzance. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Rejoice greatly! John Rando and Joshua Bergasse, whos…

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Snapshot: Miles Davis plays “No Blues” in 1964 by Terry Teachout

The Miles Davis Quintet plays “No Blues” on The Steve Allen Show. The other musicians are Herbie Hancock on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams…

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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on intelligence and the ordinary man by Terry Teachout

“Though he had both esteem and admiration for the sensibility of the human race, he had little respect for their intelligence: man has always found it easier to sacrifice his life than to …

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ten years after: some personal pet peeves by Terry Teachout

From 2006: Grammatical pet peeve. Misplaced apostrophes. My father, God rest his soul, once commissioned a huge sign that read Season’s Greetings From The Teachout’s. I secretly atte…

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Almanac: Davy Crockett on spelling and grammar by Terry Teachout

“I don’t know of any thing in my book to be criticised on by honourable men. Is it on my spelling?—that’s not my trade. Is it on my grammar?—I hadn’t time to learn it, and make n…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Before the fall by Terry Teachout

My mother’s parents were born right around the turn of the twentieth century. Albert Crosno, Sr., my maternal grandfather, came from Decaturville, a rural Tennessee town whose current popu…

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Just because: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys in 1954 by Terry Teachout

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys perform “A Voice From On High” in 1954 or 1955. This is thought to be the earliest surviving sound film of Monroe in performance: (This is the latest …

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Almanac: Sean Trende on political impossibility by Terry Teachout

“When someone’s argument boils down to ‘it cannot be,’ it means that it probably is.” Sean Trende, “Yes, Trump Can Win,” (RealClearPolitics, May 31, 2016)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Editor’s Picks: Five Stories You Shouldn’t Miss, Factually Challenged Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: How did our culture get to the point we don’t trust facts?… Are artists actually detrimental to neighborhoods?… Our notions of “greatness” need an ov…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

A scrapbook from the age of innocence by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review Goodspeed Musicals’ revival of Bye Bye Birdie. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Musicals don’t have to be first-rate to be fun. “Bye Bye Birdie,” …

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Replay: Orson Welles talks about critics by Terry Teachout

The second episode of Orson Welles’ Sketchbook, a BBC series in which Welles talked about his life and work. This episode, in which Welles talked about critics, was originally telecast on …

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Almanac: Nadezhda Mandelstam on the poet’s eye by Terry Teachout

“One never gets accustomed to a miracle; one may only wonder at it. A poet is always filled with wonder.” Nadezhda Mandelstam, Mozart and Salieri (trans. Robert A. McLean, courtesy of Pa…

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Almanac: F. Scott Fitzgerald on summertime by Terry Teachout

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with th…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Snapshot: Janet Baker sings Berlioz by Terry Teachout

Janet Baker sings Hector Berlioz’ “Le spectre de la rose,” from Nuits d’été, accompanied by Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, at a 1972 concert: (This …

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Almanac: James Thurber on detachment from the world’s troubles by Terry Teachout

“This is one of the greatest menaces there is; people with intelligence deciding that the point is to become grimly gray and intense and unhappy and tiresome because the world and many of …

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten years after: on art and its “meanings” by Terry Teachout

From 2006: Perhaps as a result of my early musical training, I tend not to worry overmuch about what any work of art “means,” except when it insists on its “meaning” …

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Almanac: V.S. Pritchett on the permanence of the classics by Terry Teachout

“I say ‘the great literature’ not because of its aura of cultural strenuousness, but simply because, in the past, there is only great literature. Only the great stands the racket of ti…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Message from Vacationland by Terry Teachout

Mrs. T and I are midway through a much-needed seaside vacation in Maine. For me that means no deadlines of any kind and no shows until Friday, when we pass through Massachusetts to see The P…

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Just because: Judy Collins sings Bob Dylan by Terry Teachout

Judy Collins sings Bob Dylan’s “Daddy, You’ve Been On My Mind” on Rainbow Quest, a TV series hosted by Pete Seeger. This episode was taped in 1966: (This is the latest in a series of…

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Almanac: V.S. Pritchett on reading the classics in wartime by Terry Teachout

“We turn to literature not only for respite, relaxation or escape from the boredom of reality and the gnaw of suffering, but to get away from uncertainty. And certainty is in the past. The…

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our Don’t-Miss Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal: Musical Prime Minister Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: A penetrating portrait of artist Chuck Close, a reality check on meritocracy as a concept, a look at anger and our access to visceral emotion in a media-saturated world, the endur…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Mister Shylock to you by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review a production of The Merchant of Venice in Lenox, Mass. Here’s an excerpt. * * * “The Merchant of Venice,” like “The Taming of t…

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Replay: Jacqueline du Pré plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto by Terry Teachout

Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim and the London Philharmonic perform the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto on TV in 1967: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos …

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Almanac: Oscar Wilde on charm by Terry Teachout

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere’s Fan

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

America’s forgotten great composers by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I talk about a generation of American classical composers who fell through the cracks—and a new attempt to revive their music. H…

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Almanac: Oscar Wilde on the danger of giving advice by Terry Teachout

“It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.” Oscar Wilde, “The Portrait of Mr. W.H.”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Snapshot: Perry Como and Tony Mottola perform “The Shadow of Your Smile” by Terry Teachout

Perry Como and Tony Mottola perform “The Shadow of Your Smile,” written for the soundtrack of The Sandpiper by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster. This performance was originally tel…

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