Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Snapshot: FDR’s 1933 inauguration by Terry Teachout

Sound footage of the presidential inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, W…

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Almanac: Ralph Ellison on power by Terry Teachout

“Power doesn’t have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.” Ralph Ellison, I…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lookback: “Call me Bartleby” by Terry Teachout

From 2006: I woke up this morning at nine-thirty, an hour later than my normal get-up-and-go time. As I descended from the loft in which I spend my nights, it struck me that I had nothing wh…

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Almanac: Thomas Fuller on memory by Terry Teachout

“We have all forgot more than we remember.” Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia Continue reading Almanac: Thomas Fuller on memory at About Last Night.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Just because: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays Ravel by Terry Teachout

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays the slow movement of Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto, accompanied by Sergiu Celidibache and the London Symphony:  (This is the latest in a series of ar…

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Almanac: Jean Anouilh on beauty by Terry Teachout

“Things are beautiful if you love them.” Jean Anouilh, Mademoiselle Colombe (trans. Louis Kronenberger) Continue reading Almanac: Jean Anouilh on beauty at About Last Night.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

The pandemic process 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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Classics for free by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review two theatrical webcasts drawn from important New York productions of the past by the Hunter Theater Project and Shakespeare in the Par…

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Replay: Laurence Olivier in Uncle Vanya by Terry Teachout

A scene from the 1963 film of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” directed by Laurence Olivier and starring Olivier, Rosemary Harris, and Michael Redgrave: (This is the latest in a series of art…

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Almanac: Chekhov on friendship between men and women by Terry Teachout

“A woman can be a man’s friend only in this sequence: first an acquaintance, then a mistress, and after that a friend.” Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya Continue reading Almanac: Chekhov on…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Almanac: Will and Ariel Durant on revolution by Terry Teachout

“The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Snapshot: James Earl Jones in Fences by Terry Teachout

James Earl Jones appears in a scene from the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Fences, performed on the 1987 Tony Awards telecast: (This is the latest in a series of arts- …

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Almanac: Disraeli on politics by Terry Teachout

“Finality is not the language of politics.” Benjamin Disraeli, speech in the House of Commons (February 28, 1859) Continue reading Almanac: Disraeli on politics at About Last Night.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Lookback: the first performance of Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout

From 2011: For the most part I’ve only talked about it in passing on this blog, but a year ago I started writing a one-man play about Louis Armstrong and Joe Glaser, his longtime manager. …

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Almanac: Chekhov on dying by Terry Teachout

“It is depressing to hear the unfortunate or dying man jest.” Anton Chekhov, “On the Road” (trans. Constance Garnett) Continue reading Almanac: Chekhov on dying at About Last Night.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Sometimes bigger really is better by Terry Teachout

In my latest Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about the appeal of widescreen films. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * We’ve all heard about the perilous state to which …

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Just because: Artie Shaw plays “Concerto for Clarinet” by Terry Teachout

Artie Shaw plays his “Concerto for Clarinet” with his big band in the 1940 film Second Chorus, directed by H.C. Potter: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vid…

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Almanac: Chekhov on faith by Terry Teachout

“Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.” Anton Chekhov, “On the Road” (trans. Constance Garnett) Continue reading Almanac: Chekhov on…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

A rarity of uncommon merit by Terry Teachout

In Friday’s Wall Street Journal I review the Mint Theater’s webcast of Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * One of the few welcome surprises of 2020 was the…

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Almanac: John Milton on loneliness by Terry Teachout

In solitude What happiness? who can enjoy alone? Or, all enjoying, what contentment find? John Milton, Paradise Lost Continue reading Almanac: John Milton on loneliness at About Last Night.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Almanac: Benjamin Franklin on mobs by Terry Teachout

“A Mob’s a Monster; Heads enough, but no Brains.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack Continue reading Almanac: Benjamin Franklin on mobs at About Last Night.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Snapshot: Alec Guinness plays Hitler in the bunker by Terry Teachout

A scene from Hitler: The Last Ten Days, directed by Ennio De Concini and starring Alec Guinness as Adolf Hitler: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that ap…

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Almanac: Tacitus on power by Terry Teachout

“Power is never stable when it is boundless.” Tacitus, History Continue reading Almanac: Tacitus on power at About Last Night.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Lookback: tentative axioms of a novice stage director by Terry Teachout

From 2011: Directing is mainly listening. The director’s first job is to ensure that the actor speaks the text in such a way as to make it intelligible to members of the audience who have …

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Almanac: Rochefoucauld on the flaws of great men by Terry Teachout

“It is the prerogative of great men to have great defects.” Rouchefoucauld, Maxims Continue reading Almanac: Rochefoucauld on the flaws of great men at About Last Night.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Just because: William Walton in conversation by Terry Teachout

William Walton talks about his life and work and is seen conducting his own music: (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: Rochefoucauld on talent by Terry Teachout

“There are some bad qualities which make great talents.” Rochefoucauld, Maxims Continue reading Almanac: Rochefoucauld on talent at About Last Night.

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Almanac: Milan Kundera on life by Terry Teachout

“We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?” Milan Kundera, The Unbearable …

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Just because: Louis Armstrong performs “Basin Street Blues” by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong and the All Stars perform “Basin Street Blues” on The Bell Telephone Hour. This episode was originally telecast by NBC on February 2, 1964: (This is the latest in a ser…

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Almanac: Pablo Neruda on hope by Terry Teachout

I wait for you in the harshest desert and next to the flowering lemon tree, in every place where there is life, where spring is being born, my love, I wait for you. Pablo Neruda, “Letter o…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Rear-view mirror by Terry Teachout

A year ago today, my beloved Hilary was in an intensive-care unit at New York-Presbyterian, fighting for her life as she awaited a double-lung transplant. She had no idea that worse awaited …

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