Newark has always been the place to go for good Spanish and Portuguese food, and NJPAC is a terrific concert hall. But there are other omens and portends in the air indicating that Newark may finally be turning a corner. Since any omens worth their salt come in threes, here are the ones I’ve seen: […]
Post-apocalyptic fiction in its postwar versions has at least two common threads. One is, they tend to be cautionary tales. The most common of course being the threat of nuclear annihilation. There are too many examples of that to even list. But others themes include, “it’s not nice to mess around with germs” (“28 Days […]
If you haven’t seen this movie, get up, go to the video store and rent it.
The Times’ story about Dylan’s borrowing of lines from a Civil War-era poet may find its way into your paper this morning. Don’t fall for the premise: The history of the creative arts is the story of one artist building on the works of another. Allusions, quotations, and borrowings are what makes literature, and especially, music so rewarding.
We were shut out of our offices for eight days. The first day back I took some pictures, and here are a couple of them.
I took advantage of the nice weather on Monday to take a walk through parts of the Great Swamp and take some pictures. It had rained for two days before, and it was a swamp to begin with, but it was still a nice walk.
Edward Norton plays a very unusual magician in fin de siÃ¨cle Vienna. His childhood friend (and adult crush) Sophie, played by Jessica “sexiest woman alive” Biel, is about to be engaged to the Crown Prince Leopold, the heir to the throne. She’s unfortunately out of his league, at least as far as others believe. Forcibly […]
Well whose fault is that? A fine review of Stravinsky: The Second Exile: France and America, 1934â€“1971 (see also the petulant rebuttal by Robert Craft) closes with the thought, “The composer George Perle observed when Stravinsky died that the world was without a great composer for the first time in six hundred years. It still […]
Picking up a nice bottle of red to go with my steak tonight, the wine merchant here in Maplewood got my attention. Usually they’ve got a Brahms symphony on, but this time it was Stravinsky’s Orpheus. Now there’s something you don’t hear in a retail establishment every day. It got me too looking for I.S. blog resources, where I found a nice piece about his Variations. Here’s to sophisticated taste.
Now coming to Iraq, the same great decision-making methods that were applied to the Space Shuttle Columbia.
A Review of the New Volume by Edward Tufte
Hot off the presses for 2006, the guru of intelligent presentation has issued his fourth full-size volume.