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Don Quixote: Elegant high jinks

by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 11:41 AM

Don Quixote; Photo via Lincoln Center

Last night at the Koch Theater, we had Don Quixote from the Bolshoi Ballet.  This was an offering in the Lincoln Center Festival.  It turned out to be a fine offering.  Sparkling, even.

There are many Don Quixotes about.  There’s the tone poem by Strauss (with solo parts for cello and viola).  There’s the song cycle by Ravel.  There’s the opera by Massenet. 

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The Spiritual Home of the Hudson River School

by James Panero

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 05:00 PM

South Facade of the main house at Olana by Stan Ries 2009

South Facade of the main house at Olana. Photo: Stan Ries

The spiritual home of the Hudson River School is Olana, the homestead of Frederic Church, located on a 250-acre hilltop outside Hudson, New York. Thanks to the long-term efforts of the Olana Partnership, Church's theatrical house, designed by Church and Calvert Vaux in a colorful blend of Middle-Eastern styles, joins the grounds in a remarkable state of preservation. With sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, Olana is best appreciated in summer, when it feels like you are walking inside a lush nineteen-century landscape.

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Dispatches from Tanglewood: No.1

by Eric C. Simpson

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 03:01 PM

Edward Gardner, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 7.18.14; photo by Hilary Scott, viaBSO

I was wary going into the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Friday night concert at Tanglewood, which featured Edward Gardner as the conductor and the baritone Thomas Hampson as the guest artist. Hampson has lately not been sounding as secure as he once did, and Gardner led some uninspired and even shaky performances in New York this past year.

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In Case You Missed It

by Christine Emba

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 11:50 AM

Links of interest from the past week:

Books are alive
Ned Resnikoff, The Baffler

Carter Cleveland says art in the future will be for everyone
Carter Cleveland, Wall Street Journal

School for a scoundrel
Bettany Hughes, The New York Times

Wagner’s Anti-Semitism Still Matters
James Loeffler, The New Republic

Virginia Woolf's idea of privacy
Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker

From our pages:

To encroach upon a mockingbird
Jasmine Horsey

E-mail to friend

Don’t forget the music (Tchaikovsky didn’t)

by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 12:06 PM

Ruslan Skvorstsov and Maria Alexandrova of the Bolshoi Ballet; Source: Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe 

This month, the Bolshoi is a guest of the Lincoln Center Festival. When I say “the Bolshoi,” I mean the opera and ballet companies, complete with orchestra and chorus. Last night, the appropriate forces performed Swan Lake at the Koch Theater.

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To Encroach Upon a Mockingbird

by Jasmine Horsey

Posted: Jul 16, 2014 03:37 PM

Harper Lee; Photo Credit: Katy Winn/Corbis, via

The release of The Mockingbird Next Door, a long-awaited biography of celebrated novelist Harper Lee, was clouded on July 14th when Lee issued the following statement: “Rest assured, as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood.” Lee’s words came despite author Marja Mills’s assertion that the biography was written with the full support of Lee and her sister, Alice. 

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The ‘Obvious and Commonsense Conclusion’ about the IRS Scandal

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Jul 14, 2014 05:26 PM

Even as Establishment Washington, Republican as well as Democrat, does it’s ostrich imitation and pretends that there is Nothing To See Here, Move Along, two organizations, and two courageous judge’s, are beginning to peel back layer after layer from the fetid onion of corruption that is the scandal of the IRS’s “lost” emails.  As the […]

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Cherchez la tribu

by James Bowman

Posted: Jul 11, 2014 04:34 PM

Reporting on a new poll about the fact that most Americans, even in these days of unpopular political parties, still identify themselves with one party or the other, Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post explains the matter thus: “So why do voters stick with political parties even when they aggravate them? The same reason we stick with our families — because it’s not like there’s a real alternative. . . So basically: Can’t live with ‘em, can't live without ‘em.” It’s a persuasive argument, but I think it needs a slight amendment. Political parties are not so much like families as they are like tribes — something that hardly exists anywhere else in Western society. In fact, it is only in politics as currently practiced that we can acquire any insight, these days, into what it’s like to live in a tribal society, as most of the world still does. 

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