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Friday, May 3, 2019

When the game is fixed by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review the Irish Repertory Theatre’s off-Broadway revival of The Plough and the Stars. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * The most important …

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Replay: Anthony Blunt talks about his secret life as a Soviet spy by Terry Teachout

Anthony Blunt, the English art scholar who was exposed as a former Soviet spy in 1979 and stripped of his knighthood, discusses his crimes in an excerpt from a TV interview, the only one he …

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Almanac: Louis Auchincloss on parents and children by Terry Teachout

“All children like to irritate and disappoint their parents. It’s a way of growing up, of sharpening their teeth.” Louis Auchlncloss, The House of the Prophet

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Almanac: Louis Auchincloss on children and their elders by Terry Teachout

“Children have no mercy on adults. It does not occur to them that adults may need it.” Louis Auchlncloss, The House of the Prophet

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Snapshot: William F. Buckley, Jr., interviews Louis Auchincloss and Helen MacInnes by Terry Teachout

William F. Buckley, Jr., interviews Louis Auchincloss and Helen MacInnes on “The Plight of the American Novelist” on Firing Line. This episode was taped on January 6, 1969: (This is the…

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Almanac: Louis Auchincloss on the loneliness of old age by Terry Teachout

“Nothing is more shocking about old age than the speed with which even the most famous persons are isolated and forgotten.” Louis Auchlncloss, The House of the Prophet

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Look alive by Terry Teachout

As I grow older, I find that my personal definition of what it means to be beautiful is becoming far more encompassing. To be sure, I can’t remember ever having had a perfectly clear-cut …

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Lookback: on simultaneously finishing a book and an opera by Terry Teachout

From 2009: When I told Paul Moravec three years ago that I’d love to collaborate with him on an opera, it didn’t occur to me that The Letter would open in the same year that Pops: A L…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on determination by Terry Teachout

“Facing it—always facing it—that’s the way to get through.” Joseph Conrad, Typhoon

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Just because: Peter Pears sings “O Waly, Waly” by Terry Teachout

Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten perform Britten’s arrangement of the English folk song “O Waly, Waly” (The water is wide) on the BBC in 1964: (This is the latest in a series of arts- …

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Almanac: George Santayana on the utility of music by Terry Teachout

“That a pattering of sounds on the ear should have such moment is a fact calculated to give pause to those philosophers who attempt to explain consciousness by its utility, or who wish to …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

A touch of class by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfer of Ink. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * The newspaper movie used to be an established genre in Hollywood, and a consistently …

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Overwhelming by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is back on Broadway,…

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Did you see the same show I did? by Terry Teachout

The thirtieth episode of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listeni…

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Replay: Alfred Deller sings Purcell by Terry Teachout

Alfred Deller sings Purcell’s “From rosy bow’rs” in an undated film clip: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, W…

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Almanac: John R. Allen on belief in times of trial by Terry Teachout

“The things of men will break—whether weapons, machines or bodies. When that time comes, know what you believe. It will be the only thing that keeps you going.” John R. Allen (quoted i…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lear, Lear, and more Lear by Terry Teachout

I’ve been so horrifically busy throughout the past couple of weeks that I forgot to mention that the twenty-ninth episode of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter M…

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#MeTootsie by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway premiere of Tootsie. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It was inevitable that “Tootsie,” Sydney Pollack’s much-loved 1982 romcom a…

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Almanac: Dr. Johnson on war and the truth by Terry Teachout

“Among the calamities of war, may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates, and credulity encourages.” Samuel Johnson, The Idler…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Snapshot: John Lennon meets Chuck Berry by Terry Teachout

John Lennon and Chuck Berry perform “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” and are interviewed on a 1972 episode of The Mike Douglas Show: (This is the latest in a series of art…

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Almanac: Alfred Korzybski on doubt and belief by Terry Teachout

“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.” Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Charity Tillemann-Dick, R.I.P. by Terry Teachout

Charity Tillemann-Dick, a coloratura soprano who suffered from pulmonary hypertension (the same rare disease that afflicts Mrs. T) and who resumed her singing career after undergoing a doubl…

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Lookback: on being the dedicatee of a book by Terry Teachout

From 2009: One of my closest friends, a writer whom I admire greatly, has dedicated his latest book to me. I was one of the first people to suggest that he write it, and he claims to have pr…

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Almanac: Bertrand Russell on science and modernity by Terry Teachout

“To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascertained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities. But this is an entirely modern conception, wh…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Just because: George Balanchine’s Tarantella by Terry Teachout

Patricia McBride and John Clifford dance George Balanchine’s Tarantella, set to the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, in an undated telecast: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and…

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Almanac: John Adams on power by Terry Teachout

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.” John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson (February 2, 1816)

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Not exactly Billary by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review two Broadway openings, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton and a revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. Here’s an excerpt. *  * …

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Replay: Humphrey Bogart on baseball by Terry Teachout

Humphrey Bogart endorses major-league baseball in an undated TV commercial filmed and originally telecast in the Fifties: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos …

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Almanac: George Orwell on power by Terry Teachout

“Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object o…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Theater tip: go straight to hell by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Broadway transfer of Hadestown. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Does the Broadway musical have a future? Only if a new generation of artists wa…

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Almanac: Eric Hoffer on power by Terry Teachout

“The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep.” Eric Hoffer, The Ordeal of Change

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