Monthly Archives: January 2009

Kat Reader “SB” posted a kind comment a few entries back, and, since I didn’t think I’d seen a comment from him before, I followed him back to his Blogger home page, and then to his own blog. The Sensual … Continue reading

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YouTube Finds

Morgan 7 I could easily become a YouTube addict. With that in mind, here’s a collection of random divertissements. (Thanks to a number of people and sources for these — you know who you are.) Not a single political clip … Continue reading

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Henry V

Two Couches 17 To round out six days of culture, last night was Henry V. The play is probably my favorite among Shakespeare’s historical plays (which, to my mind, do not include Macbeth, Hamlet or Othello, or probably some others). … Continue reading

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The Devil You Know

Morgan Natural Light 4 Much ado about the devil, it seems. I’ve had an overload of Satan and of the underworld in recent operatic performances. First there was the Met theatrical broadcast of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and then … Continue reading

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Children's Crusade Redux

Anne I’ve mentioned before how during the Obama campaign and Inauguration I felt stirrings of the same sentiments felt forty years earlier during the “Children’s Crusade” of Senator Eugene McCarthy’s ill-fated campaign. I am now convinced that in fact Obama’s … Continue reading

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Gabriela Montero

Meg Darkly 9 Aha! I just noticed what I should have realized that Inauguration Day: the pianist in the quartet that played Williams’s “Air and Simple Gifts” is Gabriela Montero. This young woman does amazing things with classical piano, and … Continue reading

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Orfeo – Oratorio on Steroids

Anne Orfeo ed Euridice was enjoyable, but not my favorite opera, by far. People apply a semi-derogatory phrase to this style of opera: “park and bark.” The principal singers stride to center stage, plant themselves firmly, and sing. No play … Continue reading

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Madam E In conjunction with your second look at new (to me) model Madam E, I can report that yesterday I had one of the most delightful first sessions with a model in a long time: Morgan B. Results to … Continue reading

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A Blow for the First Amendment

Halley Dances 84 MichaelV in a comment a few days ago, and Dave by an email to me yesterday, both pointed to a Supreme Court decision this past Wednesday that essentially puts the final nail in the coffin of Congress’s … Continue reading

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Madam E You know, as reality sinks in and Obama begins going about the business of being President, it’s still pretty amazing when you think about it: Just the recent names: Franklin Roosevelt (WASP)Harry Truman (WASP)Dwight Eisenhower (WASP)John Kennedy (WAS … Continue reading

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