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Friday, February 21, 2020

Worst side story by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the new Broadway revival of West Side Story. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Pop quiz, boomers: What’s your favorite musical? If I had to guess, …

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Replay: the opening night of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana by Terry Teachout

A British Pathé newsreel story about the 1953 Covent Garden premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Gloriana, commissioned as part of the celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II…

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Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on open-mindedness by Terry Teachout

“But I think he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. Whereas I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is t…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Cheers for Pearl Cleage—and Keen Company by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review the New York premiere of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It’s February—or, as it’s kn…

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The sound of comfort by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about one of music’s most mysterious powers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Music is the most mysterious of all the …

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Out of here by Terry Teachout

I’m picking up a Zipcar and hitting the road later today for a three-night caregiver’s holiday on Long Island Sound. During my absence, Mrs. T will be looked after around the clock by th…

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Almanac: Dickens on self-deception by Terry Teachout

“All other swindlers upon earth are nothing to the self-swindlers, and with such pretences did I cheat myself.” Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Continue reading Almanac: Dickens on …

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Snapshot: Leonard Cohen talks about his poetry by Terry Teachout

In an excerpt from “Take 30,” originally telecast by the CBC in 1967, Leonard Cohen talks about why he writes poetry: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos…

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Almanac: James Rees-Milne on why human beings cry by Terry Teachout

“Is it not miraculous that tears are given only to humans? Surely there is something divine in them, expressing as they do compassion, sorrow, love, anxiety and all feelings that associate…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

“No matter what happens tomorrow” by Terry Teachout

This is the third February in a row that Mrs. T and I have spent not in Florida, where we used to go every winter to see shows and travel around the state, but up north. Mrs. T’s doctors o…

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Lookback: on returning home after a lengthy absence by Terry Teachout

From 2017: It’s as “normal” for the two of us to stroll up and down the beaches of Sanibel island in January as it is for us to turn up the heat in Connecticut, nestle on the couch, an…

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Almanac: Kathy Reichs on regional perceptions of cold weather by Terry Teachout

“Though Anne was born in Alabama and schooled in Mississippi, she had traveled North, and, like many Southerners, gained a theoretical understanding of the concept of cold. But the mind is…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Just because: De Ford Bailey plays “Fox Chase” by Terry Teachout

De Ford Bailey plays “Fox Chase” on a 1967 telecast of National Life Grand Ole Opry: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each M…

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Almanac: Joseph Wood Krutch on February in New England by Terry Teachout

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.” Joseph Wood Krutch, The Twelve Seasons Continue reading Almanac: Joseph Wood Krutch on…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Take their wives, please by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the off-Broadway premiere of a new musical version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Once upon a fast-reced…

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Replay: Peggy Lee sings “Them There Eyes” and “But Beautiful” by Terry Teachout

Peggy Lee sings “Them There Eyes” and “But Beautiful” on The Andy Williams Show, after which she, Williams, and George Gobel do a trio version of “You Are My Sunshine.” This epi…

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Almanac: James Lees-Milne on the deaths of old friends by Terry Teachout

“I used to be surprised and shocked because old people accepted the calamities and deaths of their old friends with seeming equanimity. Now I realise that, had they not done so, they would…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Almanac: James Lees-Milne on chronic lateness by Terry Teachout

“He was late for every engagement, which denotes utter selfishness.” James Lees-Milne, diary, October 31, 1975 Continue reading Almanac: James Lees-Milne on chronic lateness at About Las…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Almanac: James Lees-Milne on a fundamental problem of biography by Terry Teachout

“It is audacity to write about anyone from the past. One can never know what their jokes were, their sophisticated nuances. One will take seriously what they laughed at and laugh at what t…

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Snapshot: Bette Davis appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Bette Davis appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? The panelists are Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Tony Randall and the host is John Daly. Davis’ segment…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lookback: some discarded titles for Pops by Terry Teachout

From 2007: I just got word that another book tentatively called Hotter Than That will be published around the time that my Louis Armstrong biography of the same name will be coming out fro…

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Almanac: James Lee-Milne on insomnia by Terry Teachout

“Have been pondering over what someone said the other day: that when one is awake at 3 A.M. then one sees life, and death, as they truly are, in their stark, terrible, hopeless reality; th…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Just because: R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House by Terry Teachout

A 1946 newsreel story about R. Buckminster Fuller’s prefabricated Dymaxion House: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday…

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Almanac: Thomas Flanagan on learning from history by Terry Teachout

“Perhaps we learn nothing from history, and the historian teaches us only that we are ignorant.” Thomas Flanagan, The Year of the French Continue reading Almanac: Thomas Flanagan on lea…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Macbeth, or, Heathers by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an all-female off-Broadway production of Macbeth. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Hunter College’s Hunter Theater Project, which mounts professio…

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Replay: Johnny Cash appears on TV in 1958 by Terry Teachout

Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two perform “Get Rhythm,” “You’re the Closest Thing to Heaven,” and “I Was There When It Happened” on Town Hall Party. This episode was originall…

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Almanac: Dr. Johnson on tolerance by Terry Teachout

“As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man, upon easier terms than I was formerly.” Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell, Life of J…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Closing time by Terry Teachout

This is something I wrote in 1991: Memory is the key to a small town. A stranger driving through Smalltown, U.S.A., would see nothing but schools, stores, and houses. Some are handsome, othe…

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Almanac: Dr. Johnson on encouragement by Terry Teachout

“The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.” Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell, Life of Johnson Continue reading Almanac: Dr. Johnson on encouragement at About …

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Papa Dada by Terry Teachout

In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about an important museum exhibition devoted to the work of a pioneer of modernism. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Surr…

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Snapshot: Charles M. Schulz is interviewed by Charlie Rose by Terry Teachout

Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, is interviewed on TV by Charlie Rose in 1997: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each …

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