Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775
George Gershwin was a natural wonder whose talent was turning out masterpiece after masterpiece
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I remember once sitting at the bar of a trendy Center City restaurant some time in the late-'80s and overhearing the couple next to me talking about the music being quietly piped into the place. At one point, the woman asked her companion if he knew the name of the song that was playing; he shrugged his shoulders and said...
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SPEAKIING VOLUMES I can pinpoint with great accuracy the moment I fell in love with the photography of André Kertész, and that's because it was predicated on a misunderstanding. It happened in the Eighth Street Bookshop, one of Manhattan's legendary locales. It's long-gone now, its passing much lamented by those of us lucky enough to have lived in Greenwich Village...
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A critic argues that Prague has been "rewritten" through the ages
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Scholar Alfred Thomas is very clear about his intentions in his new book Prague Palimpsest: Writing, Memory, and the City , recently published by Chicago University Press; and these intentions have much to do with some of the more trendy currents in academic literary criticism. He tells us in his introductory remarks that he did not want to...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Like most teenagers, I was distressingly opinionated and unwilling to bend when it came to my judgments concerning most artistic matters. For example, I was particularly sniffy when it came to the accomplishments -- or not -- of Leonard Bernstein. It didn't matter whether I was discussing his music (classical or otherwise) or his conducting. To a young...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to imagine what my father's young life, especially his most formative years, was like. What I know of him is like a faint outline: He was American-born, the oldest of three children, and his parents were both Russian immigrants who met here. Raised in South Philadelphia, it...
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