Words and Music
Observations and opinions essayed in pursuit of a sensibly cultured life.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Barricades of Mystery
PIANIST SIMONE DINNERSTEIN set the stage well before she entered. Her piano sat on a darkened stage at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre,...
Friday, December 07, 2018
The Art of the Cello
THERE’S A SCENE in the 1947 movie “Carnegie Hall” in which cellist Gregor Piatigorsky performs Saint-Saëns’s “The Swan” while surrounded by ...
Monday, December 03, 2018
A Precautionary Tale
PREACHING PRECAUTION isn’t often the same as practicing it. The “ounce of prevention” principle, seemingly instilled in us at birth, has lon...
Friday, November 30, 2018
From the Vault Dept. : One of a series of liner notes I wrote for the sadly defunct Dorian Recordings label, although I swear my involvement...
Monday, November 26, 2018
When Genius Remained Your Humble Servant
Guest Blogger Dept .: Here’s Robert Benchley, back to set us straight about the travails of correspondence, which clearly was in a parlous s...
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thai to Remember
OUR THAI CUSINE-INSPIRED Thanksgiving dinner had a preparation of khao soi , a wonderful coconut milk-based soup, as its centerpiece. Turkey...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Carnival of Animals
HOW SENTIENT ARE OUR DOMESTICATED BEASTS? How about beasts in general? We’d like to think that those creatures we take into our houses and h...
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