NO MORE “クリスマスケーキ” IN JAPAN?
SLOWLY, BUT SURELY, women’s lib is transforming Japanese society. As reported by Motoko Rich in The New York Times, August 3, 2019, “Craving Freedom, Japan’s Women Opt Out of Marriage.” … Continue reading
A TRANSPORTER OF OPERATIC GRANDNESS
THE ITINERANT PLAYERS in Ruggero Leoncavalo’s I Pagliacci are four in number: Canio, his wife Nedda, Tonio the hunchback, and Beppe. The only other role of note is Silvio, Nedda’s … Continue reading
IS DECENCY STILL COMMON?
COLUMNIST DAVID BROOKS wrote “We need an uprising of decency,” and I agree. His Opinion column in The New York Times, August 1, 2019, carries the title “Marianne Williamson Knows … Continue reading
PAUL SPOONER—AUTOMATIST EXTRAORDINAIRE
I THANK ALICE SPAWLS, assistant editor at London Review of Books, for introducing me to the works of Paul Spooner. Collectively, Spooner and his pals form the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, … Continue reading
BETTER THAN “CALIFORNIA DREAMIN”
THE HEADLINE IN Science, July 12, 2019, was eye-catching: “Solar Plus Batteries is Now Cheaper Than Fossil Power.” Robert F. Service describes the situation “driven by steady price declines in … Continue reading