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PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 4

IN CONCLUDING MY notes here on U.S. Presidents who could read and even write books, I move from the sublime to the present. After the likes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

OPERA FUN CONTINUES

OPERA RIDES the razor edge of absurdity, according to Peter Ustinov. And it continues to delight me, whether in performances or in its attendant fun. Today, I share charming tales … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 3

AMONG THE most prolific of U.S. Presidents who demonstratively knew how to read a book is Teddy Roosevelt. Indeed, he wrote a goodly number of books on a variety of … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

PROTEST—CLASSICAL STYLE

THE FOLK GENRE is rich with songs of protest: Pete Seeger’s We Shall Overcome and Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ come to mind. But what about classical music? … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORSHIP, PART 2

HERE’S ANOTHER in my series about U.S. Presidents who demonstratively knew how to read a book and even write one. Ulysses S. Grant’s literary effort involved his friend Mark Twain, … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · 6 Comments

IN PRAISE OF DIVERSITY AND TRUTH, AND A RESONANCE BETWEEN THE TWO

TWO ARTICLES IN The New York Times, March 5, 2017, have different topics, but they generate a synergy. “What Biracial People Know,” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, describes research suggesting that diversity … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

A PARABLE OF PROPORTIONALITY

APPARENTLY WE LIVE in times when ideology trumps logic. In particular, there is no logic in the proposed demise of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · 6 Comments