Last week, as the Obama administration scurried to remove the large quantities of egg that Vladimir Putin had deposited on its collective countenance, Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers commented that Putin was playing chess while Obama as “playing marbles.” I think that was unfair. Marbles are inherently attractive, and their deployment is an innocent pastime that has [...]
This week: Crete's role in writing and World War II, Partisan Review releases their archives, and Wozzeck at the Met.
Gun-Brit Barkmin; photo by Fotostudio Charlottenburg
I was taking someone unfamiliar with opera to see Salome. I said, “It’s pretty much the most exciting opera in the world—along with another short Strauss opera, Elektra.” I exaggerated, of course, but not by much, I think. Anyway—Salome: What a piece of work. Tosca was famously described as a “shabby little shocker.” Salome is a shabbier, more shocking little shocker.
I and some PJM friends off thoughts on Ted Cruz: is he likely to help or hurt Republicans in the 2014 mid-term elections? The more interesting question, I suggest, is whether he will help or hurt conservatives. Read my thoughts and the thoughts of my PJM colleagues here.
by James Panero
A cultural highpoint of classical music must be the development of engaging programs for children. Such events combine just the right mix of performance and narration to captivate and educate future generations (while also delighting the parents in tow).
This week: Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim, Patrick Leigh Fermor's final book, and Hilton Kramer on the man behind MOMA.
If you like your President, you can keep him. Period. But what if you don’t? Stephen Blackwood, the President of the fledging Ralston College in Savannah, Georgia, has a sad, infuriating piece about his mother’s experience with Obamacare this morning in The Wall Street Journal. We’ve all heard stories—but not as frequently as we ought [...]
The other day, I was reading Roger Kimball on “that awful word ‘social’”—the word that will corrupt almost any word it is put in front of. Hayek once compiled a list. Roger wrote about it in a 2007 essay, here.
At the same time I was reading Roger’s recent column, I was swimming in the life of Mussolini (for reasons I could explain). You will remember that the government Hitler set him up with, at Salò, was called “la Repubblica Sociale Italiana”—the Italian Social Republic. This is the kind of thing that makes the blood of some of us run cold when we see or hear the word “social.”
Jonas Kaufmann, the starry German tenor, gave a recital in Carnegie Hall on Thursday night. He was accompanied by Helmut Deutsch, the veteran Austrian pianist. Deutsch has accompanied anyone and everyone—including the late Hermann Prey, for twelve years.
Kaufmann has been singing the title role of Massenet’s Werther at the Metropolitan Opera. And here he was, giving a recital. A tenor recital is not a common event. Years ago, John Pfeiffer wrote the following, in liner notes for a recital recording of Jussi Bjoerling: “The opera tenor who ventures onto the recital stage inevitably recalls Dr. Samuel Johnson’s observation about lady preachers: ‘Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.’”
by James Bowman
One problem with being the proud possessor, as so many people are these days, of a change-the-world ideology of your very own, is that you come to think of the world as having already been changed in accordance with your ideology’s specifications — which can lead to further problems. Charles Krauthammer called attention to the phenomenon in yesterday’s Washington Post when he ridiculed the claim of the President of the United States that what we are now supposed to call "climate change" is "settled science" and therefore no longer open to question or doubt by anyone who doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of science. "There is nothing more anti- scientific," wrote Dr. Krauthammer, himself a trained physician, "than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge."
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