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by jserraglio
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: M.I.T.'s Media Lab carried on a secret consensual relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Replies: 0
Views: 430

M.I.T.'s Media Lab carried on a secret consensual relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

THE NEW YORKER by Ronan Farrow New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted. The effort to conceal the lab’s contact with Epstein was s...
by jserraglio
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 1273

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

My piano teacher told me to buy the Decca recording not long after it came out and I did. At the time, its coverart complemented that of my Beatles' White Album. Later, I heard it live with Welser-Most and the Clevelanders in 2003 and loved it. Hearing it unfold in real time and space made all the d...
by jserraglio
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

As a Kiwi sees those of us in the USA ; we have met the enemy and it is us 👍 https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/115419803/whys-it-so-hard-for-us-to-say-out-loud-that-trump-has-lost-his-mind Hear, hear. My 6-year-old grandson reads more and better than TariffMan. Just today...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

barney wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:37 pm
I'm sure you'd be welcome in Australia.
Doubtless, given its colonial history.
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives

This article is endless, and the little of it that I bothered to read didn't persuade me that this is a serious issue. By "this" I mean next-day delivery. I've never paid for next day delivery from Amazon or any other company, nor has anyone I know. Even so, Amazon sometimes delivers a day or more ...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Next-day delivery: how Amazon sheds its cost in dollars and broken lives

BUZZFEED.NEWS Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery System Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets — But The World’s Biggest Retailer Has A System To Escape The Blame By Caroline O'Donovan & Ken Bensinger Valdimar Gray was delivering packages for Amazon at the height of the pre-Christmas rush when ...
by jserraglio
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

I write with confidence, knowing that nobody who is anybody in any DC bureau these days would waste their time reading a classical music blog. They are far too busy with urgent immigration matters that threaten the security of our nation, such as the need to better ration sanitary napkins for menstr...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

When a stranger approaches my house these days, I am tempted to lock the doors and not answer the bell. Could the tyrant and his toady Stephen Miller have covertly abolished birthright citizenship? Could this be an ICE agent come to send me back from whence I came? Being that my paternal grandfather...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Re: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

... And George Kennan. Sorry, forgot him. Hard to remember as captives in the Land of Lilliput the bygone days when America not only had a coherent foreign policy, for better or for worse, but also sent out able spokespersons (George Ball being the most brilliant I ever had the privilege of hearing)...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"
Replies: 11
Views: 1274

Political hacks have replaced the "wise men"

Once we were led by giants like Acheson, Ball, Harriman and Reischauer. Now we chafe under Lilliputian rule—Bolton, Barr, Miller, Pompeo. We have fallen far and fast.
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

So the AP and the Times report that Old Europe applauds Placido while America, my new-found-land may be shunning him.

Which gives me hope that American exceptionalism is not dead yet, though it does appear to be on life support.
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The presumption of innocence cannot inoculate Domingo from public accountability for his actions any more than it did William Preucil (fired as concertmaster by the Cleveland Orchestra for repeated sexual misconduct). LA Opera should see what a professional investigation turns up and go from there. ...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Koch RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 1731

Re: David Koch RIP

Mark Anthony ... as a rhetorical ploy ... set up a long list of good things Caesar has allegedly done. He clearly does not mean it as a general rule of life, and while we can't know Shakespeare's intention, I don't believe he meant it that way either. I agree. Now, it happened that when Caesar's bo...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 531027

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years

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by jserraglio
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In the Americas, slavery took shape differently to the rest of the world
Replies: 0
Views: 747

In the Americas, slavery took shape differently to the rest of the world

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/07-08/virginia-first-africans-transatlantic-slave-trade/ While slavery existed for millennia in other cultures around the world before 1619, it tran...
by jserraglio
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Antonioni's Zabriskie Point (1970) – complete on YouTube
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

I read this article and have to say I think his question certainly should be addressed. Thanks for the article! Regards, Len Yes, and one apparently must go beyond narrow politics to understand and deal with sexual abuse, as well as the physical abuse of a partner, as the following shocking article...
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Girl Was Barred From Singing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir. So She Sued
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: A Girl Was Barred From Singing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir. So She Sued

What a messy and complex world we live in. https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5d4c4d273b6509000827a0c8/master/w_813,c_limit/190819_r34770.jpg The New Yorker August 19, 2019 A Year Without a Name Was the problem gender—or me? By Cyrus Grace Dunham A beautifully written personal history. https://www....
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

The Seagull (2018). Music in part by Nico Muhly.
by jserraglio
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The accusations go back years – so why has the opera world rallied round Plácido Domingo?

by Martin Kettle
The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/ ... do-domingo
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Looking up the meaning of 'rhetoric'. It doesn't 'support' anything. There are two definitions provided for "rhetoric"!! The latter is the one to which I was referring And the former, its primary meaning by the way, is the one I was referring to. Rhetoric used in support of one's position. And, lik...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Trump mostly uses not pure rhetoric but ad hominem name calling and logical fallacies like tu quoque , e.g.,"You're the puppet!". One rhetorical trope he does like to use during the rallies is praeteritio ("I'm not going to say" what he goes on to say). Other than that I think he finds rhetoric to b...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The way Dershowitz defends Trump sure is negative for me! What Trump and Netanyahu did today was outrageous imo. One can disagree (as I do) with the purpose served by Dershowitz's rhetorical ploys but still admire their sheer persuasive power. Dershowitz was up against no mean opponent in that deba...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Looking up the meaning of 'rhetoric'. It doesn't 'support' anything. Cf. Cicero's Orations against Cataline. A clinic on rhetoric: used profusely there in support of Cicero's argument against those he saw as subverters of the Republic. Or Shakespeare's Marc Antony's rhetoric in defense of Julius Ca...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

I saw that movie when it first came out because it's directed by Lindsay Anderson, and I'd liked "This Sporting Life," with screenplay by David Storey. But I didn't like "If" at all I agree. It was my very first time seeing it. But for some reason I could not hit the damn STOP button and watched th...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Just my opinion, no doubt distorted by firsthand experience.

"Men have minds like moral flypaper.": a vast over-simplification by one of Edith Wharton's less than reliable characters. Still, there is a certain kernel of truth in it.
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

If so, it supports what I see as an uncomfortable truth.
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

If (1968) - an anarchic look at the English public school. Malcolm McDowell's first film.
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Belle wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:45 am
these men ... continued doing what they did BECAUSE IT WAS WORKING FOR THEM.
And when it didn't, they are accused of using their considerable authority to apply pressure and punishment. Elaborate whataboutery is simply a smokescreen to divert attention from that.
by jserraglio
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

No, not the Brattle but IIRC a theater right on Harvard Square. I recall it was a '30s/40's-ish vaudeville palace with a stage and a balcony where I always sat, not an art & revival house (lotsa Bogart and Bergman at the Brattle). Day for Night played in wide release.
by jserraglio
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Have you seen Truffaut's "Day for Night"? One of my favorites. Many, many times to the point of memorization. In a Cambridge MA theater iwhen it first came out. I would go to the first continuous showing and stay thru to the very last. This flick (plus Jules et Jim, Dreyer's Joan and Pasolini's Gos...
by jserraglio
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

PBS NEWSHOUR Report suggests Placido Domingo’s sexual impropriety was an ‘open secret’ in opera world Report includes an on-camera interview with Patricia Wulf who sang at the Washington National Opera in the late 1990s and 2000s: the only one of the accusers so far who has allowed her name to be u...
by jserraglio
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Belle wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:34 pm
Fortunately for him, Domingo is yesterday's hero.
Men have minds like moral flypaper. They will forgive a woman almost anything except the loss of her good name. --Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth. But wear their own disgrace almost as a badge of honor.
by jserraglio
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Two more adaptations of classic novels.

E.M. Forster: Howard's End (1992)

Edith Wharton: House of Mirth (2000)
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Belle wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:49 pm
right out of Richardson's "Pamela".
I've always preferred George Eliot and Edith Wharton. And currently, Penelope Fitzgerald and Ann Petry.

Sorry, I admit to supposing the classic-music God's anatomy was normal. I forgot. he is a tenor.
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

The "witch hunt" trope has been worn out actually, by the POTUS and other celebrities as a way of ridiculing their accusers.

Herd of suggestible females shrieking hysterically about how they were taken advantage of.

It works every time.
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Let us talk about Mick Jagger and the many hundreds of stars who dealt with female groupies in a sexual way. Not to mention past Democrat Presidents. So whataboutism is now in order. A cop pulls me over for speeding and I protest: "Whoa there, officer, what about those dozen other cars you didna st...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Sorry, no use in making historic claims of abuse. It is a denial of the most basic justice in our societies: the presumption of innocence. In other words, if you are attacked, society says you are on your own . If you speak out, you are likely to be "blown off", humiliated all over again, or lose y...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

LA TIMES on Domingo @ the LA Opera https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-08-13/placido-domingo-sexual-harassment-allegations-investigated-la-opera NYT https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/arts/music/placido-domingo-sexual-harassment-opera.html "How do you say no to God?" Hand him an a...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Newark goes on bottled water
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

Re: Newark goes on bottled water

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:03 am
going out to weed ... Regards, Len :(
Don't inhale.
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Newark goes on bottled water
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

Newark goes on bottled water

CNN Officials in New Jersey's largest city began offering bottled water Monday to residents who may have been drinking tap water contaminated with lead for months or possibly years. Newark is taking the advice of the US Environmental Protection Agency and providing bottled water from four city cente...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 43
Views: 16146

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Two Merchant/Ivory productions of two of Henry James' greatest works. The Wings of the Dove (1997) - captures what James was all about like no other film adaptation of his fiction I have ever seen. The Golden Bowl (2000) - lush, stunning, gorgeous but for some of its actors (viz. Nick Nolte, Uma Thu...
by jserraglio
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 10189

Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Women: 'Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us' Associated Press Investigative Report By Jocelyn Geckler For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes puni...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 6
Views: 3742

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

I have a soft spot for B & N, since most of my library was assembled from remainders bought at one of their Manhattan stores walking from 19th St. down to the Village every day.
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 48
Views: 16512

Re: Toxic Masculinity

We finally got to see the opera at glimmerglass-a traditional superb production! Len https://www.wqxr.org/story/robert-wards-crucible-glimmerglass/ Right, and there's also a superbly written novel for young readers (and this somewhat older one) by the great NYC writer Ann Petry: Tituba of Salem Vil...
by jserraglio
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 48
Views: 16512

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Never meant to deny what is obvious, that anti-McCarthyism is one dimension of the play's meaning (but only one: Miller's intentions have authority, but of course do not circumscribe how his play is interpreted). Only to suggest that the play is richer in meaning than its political purpose as define...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 48
Views: 16512

Re: Toxic Masculinity

The world has surely been turned upside down when a prodigious masterwork like The Crucible is trotted out to prop up tawdry, ephemeral politics. Almost but not quite so much of a distortion as the Left's flattening Miller's play down to a simplistic allegory about McCarthyism. At least that reading...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 505332

Re: What I listened to today

Gustave Bret: Fauré Requiem (rec. 1929-1930) QTD material with slight revision and acknowledgement to the Symphonyshare forum member who did this restoration: The first complete recording of the Fauré Requiem, a performance by the French conductor, composer, organist and critic Gustave Bret (1875-1...
by jserraglio
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 48
Views: 16512

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Detox is currently in progress . . . . Lexington Christian Academy officials are aware of a photo circulating on social media which includes LCA students attending a recent, non-school event. This matter has been addressed with the students and families involved. https://crooksandliars.com/files/ima...