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In Case You Missed It

by Christine Emba

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 01:49 PM


Happy Birthday to illustrator Arthur Rackham, born today in 1867. 


Recent links of interest:

Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West (video)
Free speech triumphant! Ayaan Hirsi Ali delivered her Yale lecture with aplomb.

A Theory for Tattoos
From the body as physique to the body as text. And not just any text, but one demanding translation and critique. 

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Fun with praise

by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 12:00 PM


Diana Damrau, via Arizona Public Media

Let me paste a paragraph from my Salzburg chronicle—it’s about Diana Damrau, the German soprano, who gave a recital one evening:


She sang several encores, one of them a coloratura number. And that leads me to her bio, printed in the program. It begins with a statement from me, acclaiming her the “leading coloratura soprano in the world.” Hmmm. I did some Googling. Reviewing a Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, I wrote, “Rosina is Diana Damrau, perhaps the leading coloratura soprano in the world right now.” Her publicist has obviously done some lopping, getting rid of “perhaps” and also “right now.” Is Damrau still the leading coloratura in the world, perhaps or no perhaps? I don’t know, but she remains first-rate.

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The favor of a link

by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:25 AM


Grand Schubertiade with Oliver Widmer; via Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli

In my Salzburg chronicle, I discuss a Schubertiade, held one evening at the Mozarteum. The program offered a slew of songs, some of them well-known, some of them hardly known at all. One song was “Ständchen” (“Serenade”), D. 920. This is not to be confused with Schubert’s very famous serenade, which is from Schwanengesang, D. 957. That serenade has not only been sung from time immemorial, it has been played on many instruments, in transcriptions.

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Seeing is believing

by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Sep 16, 2014 12:09 PM


Julia Klieter as Emma, via Salzburger Festspiele / Monika Rittershaus

My forthcoming chronicle for the magazine is a Salzburg chronicle. In it, I discuss the festival’s production of Fierrabras, an opera by Schubert. The stage director for this production was Peter Stein, the veteran German. Some people knocked it for its “literalism,” among other things. Here on the blog, I would like to make a few comments about literalism—realism?—in opera.

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Speech, glorious speech: Yale Edition

by Christine Emba

Posted: Sep 15, 2014 02:14 PM


 

At 7:00 pm this evening, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is scheduled to present a lecture on the “Clash of Civilizations: Islam and the West” at Yale University as part of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program’s speaker series. We say scheduled, of course, because of the circumstances surrounding the event.

Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born activist, writer, and politician; a former Muslim known for her women’s rights advocacy and critical remarks about Islam. She has served in the Dutch parliament, received awards for her moral courage, commitment to democracy and support of free speech, and was ranked by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world under the category of "Leaders and Revolutionaries." Nevertheless, Yale’s Muslim Students Association (MSA)  has described her statements and positions as “hate speech,” “libel,” and “slander” worthy of condemnation. They feel “disrespected” by her very invitation to Yale’s campus. The group has asked for Hirsi Ali’s invitation to be rescinded,  for her to be prohibited from speaking about Islam, or for the addition of a second speaker with more credentials to provide a “more balanced” talk.  

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In Case You Missed It

by Christine Emba

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 01:04 PM


Raphael, "The Deposition" (1507), oil on wood. Now warped for lack of air-conditioning


Recent links of interest:

Michelangelo's Vision Was Greater Even Than Shakespeare's
"Michelangelo did more than anyone else to create the idea of the artist as a solitary, divinely inspired individual, answerable to no one and nothing except his talent."

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In Case You Missed It

by Christine Emba

Posted: Sep 05, 2014 02:27 PM


Site of the Battle of the Somme, today. Photo by Michael St. Maur Sheil, via Smithsonian.com


Recent links of interest:

The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014
At the Venice Biennale, visitors find their notions of modernism upended. 

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Evolution of the Obama Doctrine

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Aug 31, 2014 02:50 PM


The “Obama Doctrine”: what do you suppose that might be? The goal of fundamentally transforming the United States of  America stands in the background, you can be sure of that. But  now, 6 years into the program, we can see an arc of development, an evolution (or devolution). There are many metrics that can be […]

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