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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Snapshot: Blossom Dearie sings Blossom Dearie by Terry Teachout

Blossom Dearie sings and plays “I Like You, You’re Nice” on an episode of Parkinson, originally telecast by the BBC in 1972. The music is by Dearie, the lyrics by Mahriah Blackwolf: (…

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Almanac: Samuel R. Delany on power by Terry Teachout

“What real power can buy, of course, is anonymity.” Samuel R. Delany, Neveryóna

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

My friend Harry by Terry Teachout

Harry Jenks, for many years the ballpark organist for the Kansas City Royals, died in 1980. He was already mostly forgotten by then, and scarcely anyone recognized his name when I wrote abou…

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Lookback: on fact-checking a biography at the last minute by Terry Teachout

From 2009: A good biographer will do just about anything to comb snippets of apocrypha out of his book. Fortunately, Louis Armstrong almost always told the truth about himself, but anyone wh…

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Almanac: Martin Buber on power by Terry Teachout

“So long as a man’s power, that is, his capacity to realize what he has in mind, is bound to the goal, to the work, to the calling, it is, considered in itself, neither good nor evil, it…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Just because: Lili Kraus plays Mozart by Terry Teachout

Lili Kraus plays Mozart’s D Minor Fantasy, K. 397, in a rare kinescope of a 1957 TV performance: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this spa…

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Almanac: Lili Kraus on old age and physical suffering by Terry Teachout

“I began to really feel victory in defeat as there is defeat in the most radiant victory. The two are one and the interplay is man’s life until he is so free that he is not aiming at any…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Woke-lahoma! by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review two important musical revivals, Oklahoma! on Broadway and The Cradle Will Rock off Broadway. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Never have I seen a r…

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Replay: Thornton Wilder plays the Stage Manager in Our Town by Terry Teachout

An hour-long radio adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, originally broadcast live by ABC on September 29, 1946 as an episode of Theatre Guild On the Air. Wilder plays the Stage Mana…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on the idealistic revolutionary by Terry Teachout

“The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement—but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a r…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Making Marilyn Monroe boring by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Review I review the world premiere of Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, the first theatrical presentation of The Shed, New York’s new arts center. Here’s an excerpt. *…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on youth and middle age by Terry Teachout

“I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more—the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Snapshot: the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1961 by Terry Teachout

The Modern Jazz Quartet performs on Japanese TV in 1961. Milt Jackson is the vibraharpist, John Lewis the pianist, Percy Heath the bassist, and Connie Kay the drummer: (This is the latest in…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on hope by Terry Teachout

“Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.” Joseph Conrad, Victory

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lookback: the restorative power of art by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Art’s near-magical power to work this mental miracle is the reason why we turn to it in times of stress–yet I’d be lying if I told you that my trip to the Met was the best t…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on ambition by Terry Teachout

“It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.” Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mind’s eye by Terry Teachout

It struck me a couple of months ago that Mrs. T’s recent travails had made her even more deserving than usual of a just-because-I-love-you present. Since she now spends most of her time at…

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Just because: Nadia Boulanger at ninety by Terry Teachout

Mademoiselle, a 1977 French TV documentary about Nadia Boulanger directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. Also interviewed are Leonard Bernstein and Igor Markevitch. The dialogue is in French with Eng…

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Almanac: Lennox Berkeley on what makes Stravinsky’s music special by Terry Teachout

“I often tell myself now—Stravinsky has no other notes, or no more notes to work with, than I have, or anybody else. We all have to choose between the same ones. So the important thing i…

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