“I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear.”  - Flannery O'ConnorA year ago I read the first book in British novelist Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honor trilogy, Men At Arms. It was a fine read with good humor, poignant moments, and some buried truths. I considered myself enlightened for having reached back to a British Catholic's work from the previous century, and once done brushed my hands to prepare for my next literary adventure. But it w … [Read more...]

Voca me cum benedictus…

I know. It's just a movie. It takes great license with the truth for the sake of telling a good story. Perhaps the truth is scandalously obscured by a brilliant fiction. Even so, Milos Forman's and Peter Shaffer's Amadeus is perhaps my favorite movie (next to 'A Man For All Seasons'). And there is a particular scene which is extraordinary.  Antonio Salieri is a proud, hard-working yet frustratingly average composer. Living in 18th century Vienna, Salieri finds himself calamitously outperformed, o … [Read more...]