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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lookback: rediscovering Joe Mooney by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Of all the countless newspaper and magazine pieces that I’ve written over the years, one of the most immediately consequential was “Too Cool to Cash In, Favorite of the Few,…

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Almanac: Malcolm Muggeridge on politicians by Terry Teachout

“Commentators on the political scene tend in retrospect to regard the figures who emerge into prominence as totally derisory. Understandably so. It is extremely difficult, as I know from p…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Portrait of a good bad guy by Terry Teachout

I wrote a Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column in 2015 about Edward G. Robinson’s art collection. It’s no longer widely remembered, but Robinson, the greatest of all big-screen gan…

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Just because: Malcolm Muggeridge interviews Salvador Dalí by Terry Teachout

Salvador Dalí is interviewed by Malcolm Muggeridge on Panorama. This program was originally telecast by the BBC on May 4, 1955: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-rel…

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Almanac: Malcolm Muggeridge on fake news by Terry Teachout

“I also learnt at an early age the great truth that the twentieth century is an age of almost inconceivable credulity, in which critical faculties are stifled by a plethora of public persu…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Strindberg—sort of by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review Classic Stage Company’s off-Broadway repertory productions of two plays by August Strindberg. Here’s an excerpt. *  *…

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Replay: Scott Bradley’s Tom and Jerry music by Terry Teachout

The John Wilson Orchestra plays a medley of cues composed by Scott Bradley for MGM’s Tom and Jerry cartoons, performed live at the 2013 BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The cart…

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Almanac: G.K. Chesterton on atheism by Terry Teachout

“Atheism is, I suppose, the supreme example of a simple faith.” G.K. Chesterton, Where All Roads Lead

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The last of the big-time donors? by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I look at an important new tendency in charitable giving. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * New York’s Museum o…

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Almanac: Louisa May Alcott on love and perception by Terry Teachout

“Meg had spent the time in working as well as waiting, growing womanly in character, wise in housewifery arts, and prettier than ever; for love is a great beautifier.” Louisa May Alcott,…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Snapshot: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? John Daly is the host and the panelists are Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, David Niven. This episod…

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Almanac: Duff Cooper on religion in England by Terry Teachout

“For the majority of English people there are only two religions, Roman Catholic, which is wrong, and the rest, which don’t matter.” Duff Cooper, Old Men Forget

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lookback: my secret identity by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Many years ago I worked as a teller in a downtown Kansas City bank, a job that allowed me to pay the rent while simultaneously playing jazz and writing concert reviews for the Ka…

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Almanac: Søren Kierkegaard on courage and faith by Terry Teachout

“It requires moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice.” Søren Kierkegaard, journal entry, July 19, 1840

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Accessibility and its discontents by Terry Teachout

I went to see a play in Rhode Island last Monday. I’d planned to bring Mrs. T with me, but she was under the weather when the time came to hit the road, so I ended up going by myself, leav…

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Just because: Sir Thomas Beecham is interviewed by Peter Brook by Terry Teachout

Sir Thomas Beecham is interviewed by Peter Brook on the BBC. This interview was filmed in London on October 30, 1958:  (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related video…

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Almanac: Michael Powell on great actors and humor by Terry Teachout

“A great actor is a conscious humorist. A show-off. He must have a taste for the bizarre, the unusual. He must savor the abnormal, else how can he portray the normal?” Michael Powell,…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Devil in a red dress by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review a Rhode Island production of Macbeth. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Even in our present age of proud cultural …

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Replay: George Stevens and Claudette Colbert appear on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

George Stevens and Claudette Colbert appear as the mystery guests on What’s My Line? John Daly is the host and the panelists are Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and J…

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Almanac: Joseph Addison on hatred by Terry Teachout

“If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as by degrees will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you.” Joseph Addi…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

So you want to see a show? by Terry Teachout

Here’s my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wa…

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Almanac: Will Rogers on poverty by Terry Teachout

“There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it.” Will Rogers, Daily T…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Minor milestone by Terry Teachout

I turned sixty-three today. Tonight Mrs. T, her father, and I are going to see Moses Pendleton’s Momix, a modern dance troupe that’s new to her and which I haven’t seen for longer than…

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Snapshot: Perry Como sings “Lucky to Be Me” by Terry Teachout

Perry Como sings “Lucky to Be Me” (from On the Town), by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. This performance was originally broadcast on NBC’s Chesterfield Su…

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Almanac: Rochefoucauld on good luck by Terry Teachout

“Fortune turns all things to the advantage of those on whom she smiles.” François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lookback: a pair of lists by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Mr. Elegant Variation has posted a list by James Wood of what he regards as the best British and American writing since 1945. The list was drawn up in 1994 and consists in the mai…

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Almanac: Leo Strauss on reading the classics by Terry Teachout

“Our understanding of the thought of the past is liable to be the more adequate, the less the historian is convinced of the superiority of his own point of view, or the more he is prepared…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Just because: Robert Altman’s Corn’s-a-Poppin’ by Terry Teachout

The original trailer for Corn’s-a-Poppin’, Robert Altman’s first film, released in 1956: To learn more about the history of this film, go here. (This is the latest in a serie…

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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on “clever young men” by Terry Teachout

“It is very natural that clever young men should be rather odious. They are conscious of gifts that they do not know how to use. They are exasperated with the world that will not recognize…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Song of innocence by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column, I review a small-scale off-off-Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Eugene…

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When seeing must be believing by Terry Teachout

In my latest Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I talk about They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson’s new World War II documentary, and the way in which it uses digital …

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