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JOHN COBB AND HIS NAPIER-RAILTON

IT’S NOT EASY to work a high point of one’s career into everyday conversation, but it can be done. There I was leafing through the 1969 volume of R&T, prompted … Continue reading

August 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

CARMINA BURANA REVISITED

WHO ISN’T AWED by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana? Its throbbing rhythm in O Fortuna/Velut luna/Statu variabilis (“O Fortune/Like the Moon/Changeable”). Its salacious lyrics composed for lusty 12th-century monks. And, for … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHECK THOSE TIRES, SIR?

GRANDPA WILL have to explain that “service station” attendants used to ask whether you wanted your tire pressures checked during refueling, this along with giving the windshield a polishing. These … Continue reading

August 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

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

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

August 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment