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MARNIE—BOOK TO MOVIE TO MET

THIS PAST WEEKEND, I enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera’s Met HD production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. I’m seeing it again tomorrow, November 14, 2018, with Wife Dottie as a Met Encore. … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

TRUMAN ON READING, THE PRESIDENCY, AND TRUTH

THE MORE I learn about Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States, the more I admire him. He was an omnifarious reader. He made difficult decisions after considerable … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

PUCCINI’S WORLD TOUR PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE began Puccini’s World Tour in Nagasaki, Japan. Today, it’s in California during the Gold Rush and Peking, China, in a Middle Age fairyland. La Fanciulla del West, The … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

PUCCINI’S WORLD TOUR PART 1

RICHARD WAGNER VISITED the underworld Nibelheim and the upperworld Valhalla in his epic Ring Cycle, but a much more practical world tour is offered by Giacomo Puccini in his Madama … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON POLITICAL BRILLIANCE

WHAT WITH this being Election Day, and indeed one of the more important elections in our nation’s history, I offer thoughts from three Americans of unalloyed brilliance: Mark Twain, Will … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS—NOT A STEREOTYPICAL LIBRARIAN PART 2

YESTERDAY, IN SimanaitisSays, Charles Fletcher Lummis left Harvard early, married his first Mrs. Lummis, walked across the U.S. in knickers and tomato-red knee socks to a job with the fledgling … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

CHARLES FLETCHER LUMMIS—NOT A STEREOTYPICAL LIBRARIAN PART 1

I REMEMBER HAVING a crush on my junior high school librarian. She was tall, lithe, and wore glasses and a shirtwaist dress. Alas, or maybe fortunately, the affair came to … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment