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by jserraglio
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

I don't much like David McCullough. He is too laudatory. Agreed, insofar as the subject of the settlement of the Old Northwest Territory is concerned. The vast physical and moral beauties of the place beggar any description a historian might give, even one like McCullough who hails from adjacent, a...
by jserraglio
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

David McCullough's forthcoming book on the Northwest Ordinance and the settlement of the Northwest Territory:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4681311/ ... -ordinance

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4667124/ ... t-pioneers
by jserraglio
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

And also why perch, which used to be a common fish, is no longer available anywhere. Are they extinct? Completely fished out? Try fishing in Lake Erie: commercial as well as sport fishing for walleye and yellow perch, among others. https://image.cleveland.com/home/cleve-media/width600/img/egan_impa...
by jserraglio
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures

Reporter Abby Phillip might also have asked Trump the same question Dodger second-baseman Eddie Stanky in 1947 asked Phillies manager Ben Chapman:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/MkKK49vrd ... &version=3

by jserraglio
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures

david johnson wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:05 am
I am speaking of Waters.
Speak well of her. The less she deserves, the more merit in your bounty.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures

Maxine Waters deserves all the mocking she can get, and probably more. I do not know much about the others. The issue is not how much mockery and ridicule Congresswoman Waters deserves, but whether in a public forum the President ought to ridicule, bully or verbally abuse a member of Congress (Mia ...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:29 pm
Yeah he's just disgusting.
Trump can be verbally abusive to reporters because they can't talk back, or like Jim Acosta, they'll lose their job. In any other arena (teaching, courtroom, broadcasting, sports, retail, etc.), such behavior woulda got him fired long ago.
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:14 pm
And Judge Judy beat you to the first three words of that.
Appearances notwithstanding, this ain't reality TV — it was FLOTUS Hillary. https://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/15/.../ ... oulda.html
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 121

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

John F wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:43 pm
That recording I found more than 50 years ago, in the Minute Man record store off Harvard Square.
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by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:30 am
"Meddling intellect," as you invidiously call it
Shoulda, coulda, woulda, only Wordsworth beat me to it.
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Racist roots of Trump's verbal abuse of newspersons & political figures

The Washington Post — PARIS — President Trump’s verbal assaults against black reporters, candidates and lawmakers has renewed criticism that the president employs insults rooted in racist tropes aimed at making his African American targets appear unintelligent, untrustworthy and unqualified. Over t...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it

Trump and Minimalism! Lordy, a combo heaven-decreed. Imagine a 2½-hour opera, in Korean, The Fascist Who Mistook His Wife for a Doormat , consisting of two chanted melodic lines, the first for Russian basso-profondo Putin, the other for wussy-castrato Cruz: 담합도 없다! Damhabdo Eobsda! ( No Collusion! )...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it

I do like some of your thoughts-so glad Avenatti, Stormy, McDougal are all back in the news! We must be sure who the president is when he's jailed-someone who won't immediately pardon him! Regards, Len :lol: I think, however, in recognition of his always putting America first, before himself, Donal...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera

I am listening to a rip of the webcast of the 2018 Met performance as I type this.
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

Trouble in Tahiti - like Mass , wonderful and so American in spirit! The theater brought out Bernstein's special talents as a composer. Of course, he was also a musician of the first rank and an urbane village explainer to boot. Full orchestration 0_j3T9zrvGk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_j3T9z...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:32 am
You call that classical music? Sheesh.
Meddling intellect mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things.
jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:32 am
. . . I couldn't find it
Sanctus is to be found at 1:17:05 --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tjsKzhpSwE&t=4625s
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The US Attorney for the Sovereign District of NY should indict Donald J. Trump, Sr. now . He stands accused, as the 9 Nov. WSJ story suggests, of conspiring with Michael Cohen to violate federal election laws: he should be booked, fingerprinted, b...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: My jaw literally dropped...

And Jefferson, himself a Deist, denied the divinity of Christ. As for Whitaker, I heard and saw the video clip tonite and interpreted, wrongly I hope, his remark about the DOJ and judges upholding New Testament values as an oblique attack on Jews in the judiciary. Re: the Constitution. Doesn't the T...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: My jaw literally dropped...

Also sprach Matt Whitaker: judges require a "Biblical" (i.e., "New Testament") orientation. Sorta leaves out, don't it? the likes of Brandeis, Frankfurter, Goldberg, Ginsburg, Breyer & Kagan.
Whitaker as QTD by the NY Times wrote:[the courts] “are supposed to be the inferior branch” [to the legislature]
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Wall Street Journal Exposé: Pecker squashed the story; the WSJ printed it

Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence of president’s participation in transactions that violated campaign-finance laws By Joe Palazzolo, Nicole Hong, Michael Rothfeld, Rebecca Davis O’Brien and Rebecca Ballha...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

As many fans of LB did, I acquired the LP edition of Mass when it first came out, and have disliked it ever since . . . . IMHO, the Serenade and the Second Symphony (The Age of Anxiety) are Bernstein's great classical works. Originally felt the same way about the LP which I still own but the work h...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

Perfectly serious. "Mass" is "serious Bernstein", if not great Bernstein; and the composer's ego, or lack of it, has nothing to do with assessing its quality as music.
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

There is very little in Mass that qualifies as classical music, and my whole point was that Bernstein was a superior modern classical composer. He also had a titanic ego, which meant that this was not enough for him . . . . Mass is serious classical and seriously good. Bernstein's hat size doubtles...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 356

Re: Serious Bernstein

[Bernstein] never came up with anything better than the mixed-message Mass . I agree that the Serenade is one of LB's finest works. But the only mixed I hear in his Mass is the macaronic. Otherwise the message conveyed by both words and music is consistent. Because it is so very much of its time, M...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 770

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

barney wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:53 pm
It is the highest of high Anglican churches I have ever been to, which includes a lot of cathedrals. I wouldn't choose there to worship God . . . .
I've heard the Anglican Church praised for keeping Christianity at bay in England.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 770

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

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[Moses] took the [golden] calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 770

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to a house Against the envy of less happier lands. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6487119771_955089f341_o.jpg Saint Thomas Church (New York City) by Darren Barnes (Dwood Photography) , on ...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 770

For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

Just stumbled upon this amazing site of what I always thought was hands down the most drop-dead glorious church in Manhattan. I used to walk there from my apartment just to absorb some of its beauty. Broadcasts of Eucharist and Evensong services, organ recitals and more. The church just installed an...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ocean, possibly habitable, on Jupiter's Europa? 90-year-old UCLA Prof Margaret Kivelson has evidence it's there.
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: Ocean, possibly habitable, on Jupiter's Europa? 90-year-old UCLA Prof Margaret Kivelson has evidence it's there.

beyond improbable that there could be an ocean with liquid water that far out in the solar system . . . Beyond improbable, unless of course Europa has a heated core and a mineral-laden mantle below its icy crust for water to interact with. In fact, there is recent evidence of "hot spots" on Europa ...
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 524
Views: 172587

Re: What I listened to today

Richard Wagner: TRISTAN und ISOLDE Spas Wenkoff (Tristan) Catarina Ligendza (Isolde) Yvonne Minton (Brangäne) Donald McIntyre (Kurwenal) Karl Ridderbusch (Marke) Herbert Steinbach (Melot) Heinz Zednik (Junger Seemann & Hirte) Heinz Feldhoff (Steuermann) Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele C...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

I am embarrassed when I recall how insolent I was!! As an adult, I did challenge one professor, a Cleveland State Univ, Ed Psych prof, self-proclaimed Harvard PhD who dressed for every lecture in a white suit, for mocking working-class folks and Catholics repeatedly . Challenged him during a public...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

that's exactly what I did in my teens; read all the plays I could get my hands on In my view, all things being equal, plays require more of a reader than novels and often are more rewarding. Plays were a very big deal for me in school where TV, radio and movies were conspicuously absent. I student-...
by jserraglio
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

Sure, I haven't seen the flick but the play, dated as it now must seem, openly discusses the topics of bullying and sexual orientation. Strong stuff for the 1950s. The movie, just like Kazan's Streetcar Named Desire film, suppresses all mention of that taboo subject. I spent a summer reading nothing...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

My bad: the first Martin Dysart on Broadway was Anthony Hopkins, not Richard Burton. But IMO Anthony Perkins was great, maybe even unsurpassed, in this role. Perkins appeared on and off Broadway across three decades, 50s thru 70's, starting with the notable Tea and Sympathy in 1954, a play that made...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

I saw that "Salesman" with George C. Scott too. Never has Willy Loman seemed so angry, but it's a legitimate interpretation. For Equus I saw Richard Burton, on Broadway (also in the movie but that wasn't as impressive). I recall a purposively out-of-character George C. Scott during his bows laughin...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What makes a great actor?
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: What makes a great actor?

On this side of things, George C. Scott in Salesman, Anthony Perkins in Equus and Carol Channing in Dolly!

One of my favorite British actors is James Mason. Plus Cary Grant, Peter O'Toole, Angela Lansbury, Emma Thompson and Michael Caine.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

After reading "Kitchen Confidential" you may never want to eat in a restaurant again. :D Never on Monday, anyway. This book shores up words I've not ever heard nor seen. And to think I used to pry mussels open and devour'em raw on the shores of all places to breathe my last, Buzzards Bay , and stil...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ocean, possibly habitable, on Jupiter's Europa? 90-year-old UCLA Prof Margaret Kivelson has evidence it's there.
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Ocean, possibly habitable, on Jupiter's Europa? 90-year-old UCLA Prof Margaret Kivelson has evidence it's there.

PROFILES IN SCIENCE: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/science/margaret-kivelson-europa.html https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/10/09/science/09SCI-KIVELSON1/merlin_143373834_46f92060-88fc-4c02-8011-40a995d00fbb-jumbo.jpg?quality=9...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Given to me for winning a Latin essay contest, this book was one of the two most important I ever read as a kid. My childish faith was severely shaken by the author's acceptance of the higher criticism in the Gospels, and I descended into a state of high anxiety after reading it. https://3m7ajlsrzj9...
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

Sibelius Is one of the great symphonic composers of the past century. Either one of Akeo Watababe's cycles, 1962 Epic, which I own, or 1981 Denon.
by jserraglio
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 16
Views: 2082

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:52 pm
Oh come off it.
It seems rather presumptuous of the pot to look crosseyed at the kettle.

Finlandia is musically interesting, all of it. I listen to it often. I also like Bolero bigly. Early Philip Glass too.
by jserraglio
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staring down the culture wars
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Staring down the culture wars

We are living in terrifying times, and this interview sends absolute shivers down my spine. It's difficult to get me frightened; even a recent diagnosis of cancer doesn't terrify me like this does, believe it or not. I'm thinking of my adult children. New Yorker Oct 22, 2018 Three years ago, when w...
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Inside The Sound of Music
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Re: Inside The Sound of Music

Europe has effectively of late kept Christianity at bay.
by jserraglio
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: Furtwängler—Again??

I was familiar with Weimar figures individually, Hindemith, Brecht and Hesse, but Peter Gay pulled them together into a coherent narrative. I had never even heard of a 'Weimar Culture' before I picked up his book in the late 60s. Gay gave a Freud-tinged analysis of that culture, which I was greatly ...
by jserraglio
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 22
Views: 3238

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

An absolutely magnificent quote! I hadn't read it before. I wonder what he [Shakespeare] would have written today about the internet and kindles? He might derisively have called them "newfangled" — and that would have been sorta newfangled of him — this word was relatively new when he used it in So...