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Friday, July 10, 2020

Replay: Oscar Levant appears on The Jack Benny Program by Terry Teachout

Oscar Levant is the guest on an episode of The Jack Benny Program. The co-stars are Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Mary Livingstone, Frank Nelson, and Don Wilson. This episode was original…

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Almanac: Walker Percy on identity by Terry Teachout

“I had discovered that a person does not have to be this or be that or be anything, not even oneself. One is free.” Walker Percy, The Moviegoer Continue reading Almanac: Walker Percy on…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Almanac: Walker Percy on loneliness by Terry Teachout

“I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business,…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Snapshot: William Holden appears on What’s My Line? by Terry Teachout

William Holden appears as the mystery guest on What’s My Line? The host is John Daly and the panelists are Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Robert Q. Lewis. This episod…

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Almanac: Walker Percy on William Holden and the aura of a star by Terry Teachout

“Holden has turned down Toulouse shedding light as he goes. An aura of heightened reality moves with him and all who fall within it feel it. Now everyone is aware of him. He creates a regu…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lookback: Richard Harriman, R.I.P. by Terry Teachout

From 2010:  Mr. Harriman—I never got used to calling him Dick, not even after I grew up, moved to New York, and became a full-time critic of the arts—was the most genial of impresarios,…

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Almanac: Walker Percy on hobbies by Terry Teachout

“As for hobbies, people with stimulating hobbies suffer from the most noxious of despairs since they are tranquilized in their despair.” Walker Percy, The Moviegoer Continue reading Alm…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Just because: Frederick Fennell conducts John Philip Sousa by Terry Teachout

Frederick Fennell leads the Tokyo-Kosei Wind Orchestra in an undated TV performance of John Philip Sousa’s “U.S. Field Artillery March”: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and …

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Almanac: Elizabeth Wurtzel on depression by Terry Teachout

“In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression. I loved it because it was all I had. I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so lit…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Replay: Louis Armstrong plays “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Terry Teachout

Louis Armstrong plays “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (interpolating “The Star-Spangled Banner”) on The DuPont Show of the Month: Crescendo, originally telecast live by CBS o…

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Almanac: Martin Luther King, Jr., on America’s status by Terry Teachout

“It is a trite yet urgently true observation that if America is to remain a first-class nation, it cannot have second-class citizens.” Martin Luther King, Jr., address to the National Ur…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Almanac: Susan Sontag on depression by Terry Teachout

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms—the animation, the fits.” Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor Continue reading Almanac: Susan Sontag on depression at About Last Night.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Snapshot: a TV interview with Thornton Wilder by Terry Teachout

Lilli Palmer interviews Thornton Wilder in an extremely rare TV appearance on The Lilli Palmer Show. This clip was originally telecast on NBC in 1952:  (This is the latest in a series of …

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Almanac: Dodie Smith on depression by Terry Teachout

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle Continue reading Almanac: Dodie Smith on depression at About Last Night.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The presence of the absence by Terry Teachout

The last play I saw on stage, Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, had a short off-Broadway run before New York’s theaters were closed down in mid-March. Earlier that same week, my beloved w…

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Lookback: my fifteen favorite songs written for films by Terry Teachout

From 2010: Today’s episode of Fresh Air is all about the history of songs in Hollywood, and the producers invited those who follow the series on Twitter to vote for their favorite movie s…

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Almanac: Kierkegaard on depression by Terry Teachout

“My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known—no wonder, then, that I return the love.” Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or Continue reading Almanac: Kierkegaard on depression a…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Just because: John Steinbeck talks about The Grapes of Wrath in 1952 by Terry Teachout

John Steinbeck talks to the Voice of America about how America has changed since he wrote The Grapes of Wrath. This radio interview was originally broadcast on February 11, 1952: (This is …

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Almanac: Ernest Hemingway on writers and depression by Terry Teachout

“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.” Ernest Hemingway, letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 13, 1929) Conti…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

What makes a summer movie? by Terry Teachout

I’ve written an essay for Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about the history of summer movies in America. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Summer is here—but there are no movies to mark …

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Imaginary reunion by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review an Original Theater Company/59E59 Theaters webcast of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Except for “The History…

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Replay: Richard Burton talks about Dylan Thomas by Terry Teachout

Richard Burton talks about Dylan Thomas and Under Milk Wood in a BBC interview originally telecast on February 15, 1971: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos…

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Almanac: Rollo May on depression by Terry Teachout

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.” Rollo May, Love and Will Continue reading Almanac: Rollo May on depression at About Last Night.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Almanac: Edward Abbey on melancholia by Terry Teachout

“As a confirmed melancholic, I can testify that the best and maybe only antidote for melancholia is action. However, like most melancholics, I suffer also from sloth.” Edward Abbey, A V…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Snapshot: Johnny Cash sings “Big River” by Terry Teachout

Johnny Cash performs his “Big River” on an episode of Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry originally telecast on February 12, 1962: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related vid…

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Almanac: Edward Abbey on wit by Terry Teachout

“The distrust of wit is the beginning of tyranny.” Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) Continue reading Almanac: Edward Abbey on wit at About Last …

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lookback: on writing as work (and other matters) by Terry Teachout

From 2005: Very few people who don’t write for a living understand that writing is work, much less that a writer who is sitting in a chair, reading a book or staring absently into the dis…

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Almanac: Patrick O’Brian on pleasure by Terry Teachout

“Any innocent pleasure is a real good; there are not so many of them.” Patrick O’Brian, Post Captain Continue reading Almanac: Patrick O’Brian on pleasure at About Last Night.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Just because: Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor dance on TV in 1959 by Terry Teachout

Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor dance a medley of songs from their films. This clip is an excerpt from Pontiac Star Parade, a TV special that was originally telecast by NBC on November 21,…

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Almanac: Dorothy Sayers on tact by Terry Teachout

“Few things are more irritating than to discover, after you have been at great pains to spare a person some painful intelligence, that he has known it all along and is not nearly so mch af…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

You gotta have Hart by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal drama column I review a webcast version of Lincoln Center Theater’s 2014 production of James Lapine’s Act One. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * James Lap…

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