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Preludes

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None but churchgoers seemed abroad that morning; undergraduates and graduates and wives and tradespeople, walking with that unmistakable English church-going pace which eschewed equally both haste and idle sauntering; holding, bound in black lambskin and white celluloid, the liturgics of half a dozen conflicting sects; on their way to St Barnabas, St Columba, St Aloysius, St Mary’s, Pusey House, Blackfriars, and heaven knows where besides; to restored Norman and revived Gothic, to travesties of Venice […]

Miami, 1972 – Nashville, 1966

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Though social media algorithms don’t always give an accurate gauge of the political climate, I can say for certain that a lot of people got bent out of shape last week. Melania Trump. Wow.  That said, it’s entirely possible more hardcore Democrats than Republicans actually heard Melania’s speech in real time. According to more than one news source, several websites have reported that gay pornography consumption was up 150%  in Cleveland. In addition, male escorts in the […]

Milwaukee, 1964

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So I’m still stuck on Nixon. It is possible that the Opry appearance was unconnected to the President’s watery predicament in early 1974, but we are talking about Nixon after all. This was the King of public image, and it wasn’t the first time he’d played the piano for some political capital. Is it really likely that the Opry appearance was an apolitical visit, or more specifically that it was irrelevant to the Watergate fallout? What was […]

My right ear

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Ok guys, I’m sorry about the radio silence. I have no particular excuse, save that of laziness and an inordinate amount of time spent prostrating myself before my new air-conditioning unit. I’ve also been trying to stay up to date with the news this week. After all, a lot has been going on. Brexit is apparently now a reality, and as such, analyses on Britain’s imminent divorce have started shedding their apocalyptic tones in favor of a more optimistic outlook: And yet, […]

On Celery

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On Sunday, five Obies packed themselves into a car and rode through the Catskills. The first act of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera flooded the stereo before switching over to NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Sitting shotgun, a soprano was studying her score of Rigoletto. A composer in the back seat was revising a new piece. The driver’s seat was occupied by a baritone salivating over kayaks atop other cars and identifying the foliage and wildlife […]

While you were Brexiting…

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I guess I’ve avoided posting anything the last week or so, as people have been preoccupied with the Brexit referendum. I too have been keeping abreast of the situation, but it’s been hard to find some more level headed insights into the situation. Some of the material on social media has been so over the top, hyperbolic, it’s good to get back down to earth: It’s all VERY stirring. But in all seriousness, it’s been a pretty rough […]

Montgomery, 1958

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Is anyone else here a Nixon nut? It’s not that I particularly like the man – or what he represented, that is. Watergate was the big fundamental breach of trust in our political system. It was the definition of a conspiracy wrought by a totally paranoid egomaniac. That said, both his paranoia and eagerness to please wrought a pretty strange presidential legacy for a 1960s Republican candidate: social policy expenditure rose 44% while seeing a […]