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by jserraglio
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Future Mars explorers may find a 12-mile-wide subglacial lake of liquid water at the south pole
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Future Mars explorers may find a 12-mile-wide subglacial lake of liquid water at the south pole

WAPO – Using a satellite to peer beneath layers of dust and ice at Mars’s south pole, scientists have detected a 12-mile-wide span of briny water, a large, stable reservoir akin to lakes buried beneath the Antarctic ice sheet on Earth. The long-sought discovery, the largest detection of liquid water...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Swedish college student stands up against deportation of an Afghan man
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Swedish college student stands up against deportation of an Afghan man

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155723956991274&id=747896273&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Felin.k.ersson%2Fvideos%2F10155723956991274%2F&_rdr WAPO — 'It’s not right to send people to hell’ Around the world — from Chicago to Munich to Roskilde, Denmark — airports have become ce...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cincinnati Opera premieres 'Another Brick in the Wall' (not that wall), an opera based on Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Cincinnati Opera premieres 'Another Brick in the Wall' (not that wall), an opera based on Pink Floyd's "The Wall"

A more positive review by an entertainment critic: CityBeat Cincinnati Opera's 'Another Brick in the Wall' is an entertaining, cathartic trip The U.S. premiere of the operatic adaptation of Pink Floyd's 1979 rock concept album "The Wall" delivers on spectacle by Steve Kemple JUL 23, 2018 https://cdn...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cincinnati Opera premieres 'Another Brick in the Wall' (not that wall), an opera based on Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Cincinnati Opera premieres 'Another Brick in the Wall' (not that wall), an opera based on Pink Floyd's "The Wall"

Cincinnati Enquirer Review : 'Another Brick in Wall' opera ambitious, relevant, but lacks dramatic credibility by David Lyman, Enquirer contributor http://moversmakers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FEAT-Wall-1008.jpg It begins with an indistinct rumbling that grows louder and more ominous. Machine...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loose screws and other snafus ground the Webb Telescope, a $9.7 billion robotic science project
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Loose screws and other snafus ground the Webb Telescope, a $9.7 billion robotic science project

WAPO — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was supposed to be a million miles from Earth by now, peering deep into the universe and back in time to when stars were first assembling into galaxies. But its launch is still years and billions of dollars away, and mission success depends on many delicate t...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sessions leads a 'cry-in' for high-schoolers; decries 'sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes' in US colleges
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Sessions leads a 'cry-in' for high-schoolers; decries 'sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes' in US colleges

NYT — Sessions Laughs as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated the phrase “lock her up” during a speech to conservative high school students on Tuesday, chuckling as the crowd began a chant that Trump supporters used during the 2016 campaign to call for jailing Hillary C...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MLB: What it's like to be one of the 12 teams looking at a long road to nowhere
Replies: 0
Views: 209

MLB: What it's like to be one of the 12 teams looking at a long road to nowhere

WAPO — Starlin Castro sunk into the seat in front of his locker and sighed. It was late on a sticky night in early July and his team, the Miami Marlins, had just surrendered a nine-run lead to lose in Washington to the Nationals, 14-12. This was the latest struggle in a season full of them for his t...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Hamilton' 2016 stage musical recording to get $50 MM+ in bids from movie studios
Replies: 0
Views: 209

'Hamilton' 2016 stage musical recording to get $50 MM+ in bids from movie studios

WSJ — Bidding may exceed $50 million for recording of stage musical made in 2016. “Hamilton” may be coming to movie theaters, exactly as audiences saw it on Broadway. Hollywood studios are currently bidding for the big-screen rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical about founding father Alexande...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flying by the seat of your pants can bottom you out
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Flying by the seat of your pants can bottom you out

WSJ — The Middle Seat — The little choices airlines make designing their seats can make a huge difference in your journey. Do you ache all over after flying in a coach seat? That could be by design. Airlines have lots of choices when they order seats for their airplanes. Those selections go a long ...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Shortly before her excellent recording for Naxos, Alsop gives a perceptive appreciation of Bernstein's Mass. She looks beyond the niceties of church mass composition and takes the work for what the composer likely intended it to be -- an imaginative work of art that recaptures a kind of faith that e...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

It is inconceivable to me that he [John Paul II] requested a performance of this self-described theater piece unless it was out of pure ignorance. The pope's request for a Vatican performance of Bernstein's Mass is said to be not just unlikely but inconceivable if he was of sound mind. Responses to...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Someone named Habakuk ... Traber is now an expert on the Latin Mass? I don't care if he [Habakuk Traber] wrote the liner notes for the sung version of all 150 psalms. Traber's point is in no way undermined by remarks of a low nature. But yes, not only are there some traditionally ''unsung' Latin te...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1770

Re: Classical records for children

First, it was Minerva (Athena) who sprang from the head of Jupiter (Zeus). Alan Jay Lerner said, “You could follow a progression from Jerome Kern to Dick Rodgers to Gershwin. But Cole seemed to spring like Jupiter from Minerva’s head—all made." https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/07/12/king-col...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Someone named Habakuk ... Traber is now an expert on the Latin Mass? B So Mr. Traber's Hebrew name disqualifies him? In fact, Traber wrote the liner notes for the Nagano recording. I'll trust his expertise. Moreover, Bernstein's Mass includes all the Latin Mass text that is usually sung. It is not ...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1770

Re: Classical records for children

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsiRypIjaDQ GsiRypIjaDQ Playlist for entire album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsiRypIjaDQ&list=PLYuhFy8Pjmz7TWi_j8CMOR95QDZAtdMdN https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5243/30114701746_9217b0fb3f_b.jpg Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Lieberson - Piano Pieces for childre...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Mass was hardly a radical departure from Catholic tradition. As Habakuk Traber noted, it presents the entire [Latin] Mass text in the prescribed order and interpolates into that framework other accepted elements of the liturgy, including interpretive readings from the Psalms, Epistles, Gospels and ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

If only those had been the only liberties the padres had taken. Many a good "faddah" has deservedly earned the contempt bestowed upon him. There is such a thing as coincidence. But it could also be that LvB shamelessly stole Lenny's thunder. Either way Lenny didn't seem to mind it. https://m.youtube...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Bernstein was acknowledging and transmuting into art a popular form of the Mass, vulgar & vernacular, of that era. The inspiration for creating "Rock Mass" came from the Rock Mass at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena California back in the early 1970’s. On the first Friday night of each month ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

VIII. Epistle: ‘The Word of the Lord’: In 1980 the composer of Les Miserables, Claude-Michel Schönberg, may have been deliberately echoing this section of Mass in his own musical.
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

John F wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:20 am
I've never heard anything in the 9th that is really atonal, let alone a tone row as the term is used in serial music.
For the record, the Naxos commentator said "the quasi-twelve tone row found in the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony".
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

From the Naxos recording liner notes: Bernstein's Mass & the Mahler 8th: His zany Mass, mixing sacred and secular texts in wacky and original ways, would be a kind of “Symphony of a Thousand” of the Vietnam Era—to invoke the great piece of his hero, Gustav Mahler . It was also his War Requiem, his C...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'

I believe Sylvia Plath's poem "Metaphors" was modeled not on the sonnet but on ancient surviving Anglo-Saxon riddles or even more likely, on Japanese riddles (cf. the Plath line "A melon strolling on two tendrils"): Riddle: There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house Insi...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Biggest companies hogging all the innovation gains
Replies: 0
Views: 208

WSJ: Biggest companies hogging all the innovation gains

WSJ — Economy Economists trying to explain a long-term slowdown in productivity increasingly believe gains are not spreading through the economy, as they once did. As far back as the industrial revolution, major innovations have traveled swiftly from company to company and industry to industry, an e...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'

Not in dispute: the statue is emitting extra Virgin olive oil. Absolutely priceless!!! This is a miracle that is beyond dispute: I'm a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf's big with its yeasty risin...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

I won't ask if you stayed with it to the very end. :) What might Bernstein have been mimicking? Surely not church music. What comes to mind is a Mahler symphony - same dimensions and scale, same extramusical dimension, same incorporation of banal musical material and verses, It took 2-3 generations...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quoth the crow: 'Is our necrophilia real or for the birds?'
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Quoth the raven: 'Is our necrophilia real or for the birds?'

Belle wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:20 pm
"The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan..."!!
Ted Hughes: Crow



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ml6UehFhG0
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quoth the crow: 'Is our necrophilia real or for the birds?'
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Quoth the crow: 'Is our necrophilia real or for the birds?'

The New York Times — The setting was romantic enough. Sunny spring day. A cherry tree blossoming a vivid pink. One party, the suitor, was dark, fetching and amorous. But the other party lay there like a corpse. It was, in fact, a corpse. So began the first documented human observation of a crow cop...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

QUIET! That's the song (Candide). Thanks. I am going to subject myself to Mass again. Rather than parody I should have said mimicry . What I remember of it since I last played my LPs is that Mass mirrors the self-righteous tone of the 60s era. But it provides a heightened rendition of real Catholic...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Surely not. It's as tonal as anything in "Candide," and for me it isn't boring at all - actually quite lovely. ocGHkZhALns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocGHkZhALns Yes, that's tonal but that's not the one I was thinking of. I misled by citing the wrong title. It's the trio with the Governor, Cun...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says GOP-defector George Will

Now that's interesting - I didn't see it. Will is just as conservative as ever, and in the same way, so perhaps it would be fair to say that the GOP defected from him in the election of 2014. But clearly you're right. Yes, and that's the way he himself put it: the GOP left me: divorce by reason of ...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Thanks for posting it, JohnF. I am a fan of Berio's Sinfonia. I bought the Columbia LP the day it was released. But it captured little of the flashy vulgarity of late 60s America. Mass has that in abundance. I think Woolfe mistakes its parody of the 60s for straightforward 60's sermonizing. Its musi...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says GOP-defector George Will

Will is not a "GOP-defector." He's a mainstream Republican supporter who, like many others, has never thought well of Donald Trump but, unlike many others, is not afraid to say so publicly. Which he can afford to do as he doesn't have to put his opinions on the line in an election. It's just talk. ...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will
Replies: 6
Views: 357

'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will

Washington Post Column This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man By George F. Will Opinion writer July 17 America’s child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a cap...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Now another NYTimes critic has weighed in with a pretty negative review. Len https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/arts/music/review-mass-leonard-bernstein-mostly-mozart.html Hi Lenny, Would you have a second to post the whole article? I ran out of free ones today. Thanks in advance. Joe normally with...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:58 am
Now another NYTimes critic has weighed in with a pretty negative review. Len

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/arts ... ozart.html
Hi Lenny, Would you have a second to post the whole article? I ran out of free ones today. Thanks in advance.
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Liner Notes from the 2009 Alsop recording on Naxos: After his outrageously dynamic 11-year tenure at the New York Philharmonic, during which time he danced from the podium into the telesphere as America’s most beloved music teacher, Leonard Bernstein was anxious to get back to the business of compo...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2369

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Here at the 2012 Proms, the celebrant can't hit a lot of the notes. Perfect imperfect! That's how I remember many if not most sung Masses I attended: grace flows thru the performance to the audience, not so much via the performer. I am starting to think Mass is right up there with Candide, West Side...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1322

Re: Top orchestras

I heard the CSO in the Musikverein in 2011, with Muti - if I remember correctly. Unbelievable!!! I heard them play the Rite of Spring under Martinon. Shattered my cage. I had been nurtured on a transparent, central-European Cleveland Sound with a splash of Lenny here and there. This was from anothe...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Dresden 1945

In this talk Vonnegut claimed that the firebombing of Dresden by the RAF benefitted only one person on earth. "I am that person," Vonnegut said. "I earned 5 dollars for every single one of the [135,000] people killed." After making that ghoulish jest, Vonnegut delivers a blistering assault on the 'm...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Dresden 1945

I read "Catch 22" when I was in the Army, and I have no quarrel with it. Of course my Army experience wasn't like that, but at times it pretty was close - and anyway, the book is fiction, not history or sociology. It's also very funny, or that's how I found it. Wickedly funny, and how many other wr...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'

WAPO — Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a seven-foot-tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be “weeping,” according to church leaders. The sculpture, known locally as Our Lady of Guadalupe, is not crying human tears; an investigator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces said...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Dresden 1945

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:35 pm
Anyone who thinks that the situations are equivalent . . . you are talking nonsense, and I think you are talking it because it pleases you to provoke me.
The logic of your own position leads inexorably to the very equivalence you find so abhorrent.
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Dresden 1945

Literature is literature and history is history. Frankly, I don't give a damn about Robert Lowell's opinion. I would rely rather on the opinion I once heard from an unrepentant RAF officer, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting this exactly: "It didn't take a genius to see that if Nazism had triumphed, a...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Dresden 1945

You don't make sarcastic fun of the world's greatest horror story because there were mess-ups even on the "friendly" side. More to the point perhaps is Kurt Vonnegut's experience in actually having survived the bombing of Dresden. He saw it from various angles, but he never said it was the wrong th...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor

I thought he would walk it back but I was wrong. He tippy-toed it back.

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