Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
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Shmuel Feiner begins his new biography, Moses Mendelssohn: Sage of Modernity , published by Yale University Press, with two anecdotes, which he's linked in an effort to define the essence of his subject and the contour of the man's life. He begins with a summer night in 1780. Mendelssohn is out walking in Berlin with his wife and several of...
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... taking dreams, lives, everything with them
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SPEAKING VOLUMES You can know a person for many years, speak to him, see him walking through the neighborhood, even know a crucial fact about him -- that he is a Holocaust survivor -- and yet you can discover, in a matter of moments, that you know nothing about him at all. Such has been the case with my relationship...
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It's a safe bet that most Philadelphians, even those who have never stepped foot into the Barnes Foundation's original home on the Main Line, would say that the bulk of the paintings in that famous collection have solely to do with French Impressionism -- Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, Monet, Degas. Such a response would likely be due to all the media...
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Dorothy Fields' phrasing gave an irrepressible spin to famous melodies
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In the male-dominated world of Tin Pan Alley song writing, especially in its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, lyricist Dorothy Fields was one of the few women to triumph and be taken seriously by her peers and the public. Her name might not ring bells, but most people of a certain age or with a certain interest would likely...
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The sad story behind a particular art collection
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My father was an inveterate collector, and over the years, he converted our house into a kind of museum. The first floor was literally filled with books, antique furniture, Oriental rugs, paintings and all of the accessories that make a space come alive. My father's taste was wide-ranging and impeccable, and best of all, none of the rooms were off-limits...
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