Friday, December 4, 2020

Fallout of an affair by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review a webcast by Arkansas’s TheatreSquared of Lauren Gunderson’s The Half-Life of Marie Curie. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * I’ve been hearing…

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Replay: Tyrone Power appears on Person to Person by Terry Teachout

Tyrone Power appears as a guest on Person to Person, hosted by Edward R. Murrow. This episode was originally telecast live on December 20, 1957, by CBS: (This is the latest in a series of …

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Almanac: Rex Stout on murder by Terry Teachout

“If anyone not a moron has determined to kill your husband, he will be killed. Nothing is simpler than to kill a man; the difficulties arise in attempting to avoid the consequences.” Rex…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

From my files: Evelyn Waugh as a cinematic novelist by Terry Teachout

A Terry Teachout Reader, my self-anthology, came out sixteen years ago. I’ve published hundreds of pieces on various subjects since then, and I have no plans to put together a sequel to th…

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Almanac: Rex Stout on the fine art of cooking by Terry Teachout

“They are the greatest living masters of the subtlest and kindliest of the arts.” Rex Stout, Too Many Cooks Continue reading Almanac: Rex Stout on the fine art of cooking at About Last …

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Snapshot: Lenny Bruce appears on The Tonight Show by Terry Teachout

Lenny Bruce appears on The Tonight Show. This episode, which was portrayed on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was originally telecast by NBC on April 5, 1959: (This is the latest in a series o…

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Almanac: Kierkegaard on comedy by Terry Teachout

“The more one suffers, the more, I believe, has one a sense for the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires true authority in the use of the comic, an authority wh…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Lookback: my baby book by Terry Teachout

From 2006: One of my mother’s most treasured heirlooms is a copy of the second edition of Our Baby’s First Seven Years, the “baby book” in which she set down the particulars of my e…

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Almanac: Cesare Pavese on childhood by Terry Teachout

“There is nothing fine about being a child: it is fine, when we are old, to look back to when we were children.” Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living Continue reading Almanac: Cesare …

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Monday, November 30, 2020

All grown up by Terry Teachout

I long ago lost count of the number of times that Satchmo at the Waldorf, my one-man-three-character play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced. I do, however, take note whenever I hear o…

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Just because: Julian Bream plays Malcolm Arnold by Terry Teachout

Julian Bream talks about and plays Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto live in 1991, accompanied by Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra: (This is the latest in a series of arts- a…

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Almanac: Dickens on wifely advice by Terry Teachout

“Whatever the old girl says, do—do it!” Charles Dickens, Bleak House Continue reading Almanac: Dickens on wifely advice at About Last Night.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Smart play by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review American Players Theatre’s reading of Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Lydia R. Diamond’s “Smart People,”…

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Replay: Mary Martin in Peter Pan by Terry Teachout

A scene from NBC’s 1960 telecast of the musical version of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin and adapted and directed for the stage by Jerome Robbins. The song is by Carolyn Leigh and Moose…

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Almanac: James M. Barrie on death by Terry Teachout

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” James M. Barrie, Peter Pan Continue reading Almanac: James M. Barrie on death at About Last Night.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Blessings in disguise by Terry Teachout

Not long after Hilary died, an old friend of mine who is also a psychiatrist said something that stayed with me: “You should try to reach a point where you can see your marriage to her as …

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Almanac: Samuel Beckett on how not to live by Terry Teachout

“VLADIMIR: Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave digger puts on the forceps. We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. (He listen…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Snapshot: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance Romeo and Juliet by Terry Teachout

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance the death scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet version of Romeo and Juliet. The score is by Prokofiev: (This is the latest in a series of arts- an…

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Almanac: Cesare Pavese on suffering by Terry Teachout

“There is an art in taking the whiplash of suffering full in the face, an art you must learn. Let each single attack exhaust itself; pain always makes single attacks, so that its bite may …

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lookback: a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of Milwaukee and Madison by Terry Teachout

From 2015: Milwaukee contains five buildings designed by Wright, most of them private residences. More often than not, his houses were commissioned by people who had a fair amount of money t…

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Almanac: Walter Benjamin on happiness and the past by Terry Teachout

“Our image of happiness is indissolubly bound up with the image of the past.” Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History Continue reading Almanac: Walter Benjamin on happine…

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Home fires by Terry Teachout

I miss Hilary and, I expect, always will. I gather that’s what happens when you lose a partner in the heartbreakingly unexpected way I did. Just the other day I muttered to myself, “Darl…

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Loosening a headlock by Terry Teachout

I’ve written a “Sightings” column for today’s Wall Street Journal about the reason why so few regional theater companies are webcasting their shows. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  …

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Just because: Snoopy and Woodstock eat Thanksgiving dinner by Terry Teachout

A scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) Continue readin…

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Almanac: Ambrose Bierce on gratitude by Terry Teachout

“When prosperous the fool trembles for the evil that is to come; in adversity the philosopher smiles for the good that he has had.” Ambrose Bierce, Epigrams Continue reading Alm…

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Scrutinizing the inscrutable by Terry Teachout

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Irish Rep’s webcast revival of Bill Irwin’s On Beckett/In Screen. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * It’s a puzzle to me why we have yet to…

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Replay: Ella Fitzgerald appears on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show by Terry Teachout

Ella Fitzgerald appears as a guest on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show. This episode was originally telecast by NBC on March 8, 1959: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related …

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Almanac: Hugh MacLennan on marital love by Terry Teachout

“I don’t know how a man can describe his wife to somebody else unless he dislikes her—there is nothing like dislike to make a character appear vivid—but the very things in a woman th…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Almanac: Peter De Vries on atheism by Terry Teachout

“What baffles me is the comfort people find in the idea that somebody dealt this mess. Blind and meaningless chance seems to me so much more congenial—or at least less horrible. Prove to…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Snapshot: Walter Brennan appears on “This Is Your Life” by Terry Teachout

Walter Brennan is the guest on “This Is Your Life.” This episode was originally telecast by NBC on March 30, 1955: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos th…

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Almanac: Peter De Vries on modern medicine by Terry Teachout

“But that’s medicine, the art of prolonging disease.” “Jesus,” I said, with a laugh. “Why would anybody want to prolong it?” “In order to postpone grief.” Peter De Vries, …

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