Category Archives: The Arts

Either Elitist Pretension or Vitally Important Something or Other

On the last Saturday of 2007 there was that historic football game – carried on three networks. But that evening three of us didn’t much care for it. Rick, the News Guy in Atlanta, isn’t much into sports – having … Continue reading

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De Gustibus

As a bit of a change of pace the following does not examine “big issues” or scrutinize any current political controversies. No moral issues arise below. This site is one where the editor chooses his own topics, and such things … Continue reading

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Noting Things While Remaining a Detached Observer

A dark and dreary morning here in Hollywood, but the coffee was good and a random stroll on the internet was just the ticket – sometimes being a flâneur (from the French verb flâner, “to stroll”) is just the thing.  … Continue reading

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Can We Talk? What Embarrasses Us

Anne Fadiman, the author and editor, and the daughter of Clifton Fadiman, is at it again.  Her 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (website here) won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Ex Libris: Confessions … Continue reading

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Music Hath Charms, and so on…

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” – William Congreve, in “The Mourning Bride” (1697)   Congreve was a fellow student of Jonathan Swift at Trinity College in Dublin and this … Continue reading

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The Gift of Ugly

It must be a conspiracy.  Looking for some diversion on television a few nights ago, clicking through what was available… there it was, that 1986 movie The Name of the Rose.  You know the one.  An intellectually nonconformist monk, Sean … Continue reading

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