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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

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

August 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON THE MANIFESTO PROJECT’S RIGHT AND LEFT

WHAT FOLLOWS IS a self-encouraged civics lesson concerning political parties, right, left, and center, as identified by the Manifesto Project. This organization’s findings were the subject of “What Happened to … Continue reading

August 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

JACOB REES-MOGG—ANOTHER BRIT, ANOTHER REAL PIECE OF WORK

THE NEW BRITISH prime minister, Boris Johnson has made Jacob Rees-Mogg leader of the House of Commons. I’d have thought a prime minister would be the leader, and historically often … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD STORY (OR TRILOGY, EVEN) DOWN PART 2

BEAUMARCHAIS’ STORIES HAD good legs, operawise. Here in Part 2, we’ll continue with lives of the Almavivas and Figaros, sung to our favorite tunes. La Mère Coupable, The Guilty Mother … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD STORY (OR TRILOGY, EVEN) DOWN PART 1

CULTURAL TALES CAN lead to literary works, then be transformed into operas. The myths of Greek gods, for instance, led to The Oresteia, a trilogy of plays by Aeschylus in … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment