TIME SENSITIVE: Jeremy Irons Reads “The Four Quartets”

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It’s been just a little over a year since I shared one of my favorite things ever: “Jeremy Irons Reads Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Iron’s performance is still available (which is a bit surprising, given the transitory nature of the InterWebs), and it’s still awesome. So is the reader-provided link to Alec Guinness’ version, and [Read More...]

Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concerti

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I’ve never been a Nikolaus Harnoncourt fan. I can’t say entirely why, though I’ve long claimed that it’s a matter of respecting and admiring his work rather than enjoying it. (It might be an instance of irrational prejudice, but I’ve got so many of those already, I’m hoping that’s not the case.) I am, however, a [Read More...]

Spirited Digitally Away

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A recent post from Greg Willits — “A Dad’s Guide to Minecraft” — made me realize something very important: I’m not alone. Minecraft makes me feel stupid. That’s me. From the day I first encountered the phenomenon — watching in disbelief as my younger brother wander through an enormous, LEGO-y world with a few trusty friends [Read More...]

The Most Astonishing Picture I Saw Last Year

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That’s not a picture of folks leaving the Green Bay Packers game this past weekend, or of my Chicago-area friends traveling to-and-from work over the past few days. That’s the Hillary Step. On Everest. You heard me. Mount Everest. Highest of heights. One of the most prestigious (and simultaneously most infamous) climbing destinations in the world. And [Read More...]

Farewell, Frédéric Back

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On Christmas Eve, as I traveled West for the hol(i/y)days, the world of animation lost one of its legendary “elder statesmen:” Canada’s own Frédéric Back, a two-time Oscar winner, and creator of the famous animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees. From the LA Times obit: Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant [Read More...]

Merry Christmas!

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In honor of today’s joyous occasion, one of my all-time favorite carols, lovingly performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge: If you’re searching for some appropriate music for the day, you could do a lot worse than the Choir’s YouTube channel, which features numerous instances of their famous “Carols from King’s” program. Set one [Read More...]

Neil Gaiman, Charles Dickens, and a Bit of Christmas Cheer

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It’s going to be a bit slow here at Summa This, Summa That in the coming days, both because my Christmas travels begins today, and because Christmas with a passel of youngish boys leaves almost no time for blogging (or breathing, really). But I am not leaving you entirely bereft. Here’s a little Christmasy something to [Read More...]

A Marvel-ous Use of Negative Space

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Here’s yet another bit of evidence to support my contention that artists see the world differently than I do. (OK, so I probably see the world differently for a whole host of reasons, and this is one of the most minor. But let’s not focus on that unsettling reality at the moment. Let’s just roll [Read More...]

California: No Wonder They Call It Golden

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I may be a happy Wyomingite now, but I’ll always be from SoCal. Which means this will always get to me. (HD and full-screen, please.) Gorgeous piece on a breathtakingly gorgeous subject. Michael Shainblum, the short’s creator, had this to say about his work and about the state that inspired it: “Into The Atmosphere,” is [Read More...]

Nicol Williamson and the Definitive Hobbit

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Last December, I was discouraged by Peter Jackson. This December, I am discouraged by Steven Greydanus’ suggestion that I will probably still be discouraged by Peter Jackson. So, I’m doing what any reasonable person does when confronted by the specter of such bitter, Hobbit-themed disappointment: I’m listening to Nicol Williamson! Take it away, Internet Archive: [Read More...]


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