Pardon My Dust

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Today, stumbling about in a Christmas-induced haze, I have come to the shocking realization that I’ve been blogging for a little more than two years here at Summa This, Summa That. Yep, that’s right. Two+ at The Ol’ ST,ST —  aka, pretty much longer than I’ve focused on any one thing in my entire life. Wow. Time really [Read More...]

“For unto us a child is born”

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Thumbnail: “Alnwick Lanfranco Bridgeman 507217” by Giovanni Lanfranco – http://www.bridgemanart.com/asset/507217/The-Adoration-of-the-Shepherds-The-Night-1606-1?. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia [Read More...]

Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.

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As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Snowman”

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With gratitude to a friend who understands my obsession with beautifully hand-drawn short films (and with a suitable deference for the season before us), I offer the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning version of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman.” From BFIScreenonline: While The Snowman‘s animation is remarkably faithful to Briggs‘s original illustrations, the animators bring the book to life, favouring a rough but vivid pencil [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “White Christmas”

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PHIL DAVIS: I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again. BETTY HAYNES: Is that bad? PHIL DAVIS: Not bad, but always expensive. So, I realize that recommending the following film is sort of like taking candy from a baby… …but I’ve never had a problem with taking [Read More...]

Playin’ In My Jukebox: Luluc’s “Passerby”

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From Sub Pop Records, the label behind the album currently streaming through my headphones: Luluc’s “Passerby.” In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

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In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More...]

Boss-Level Christmas Card-ing

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Oh, good. Thanks to the folks at Birdbox Studio, my yearly excuse for not making a cool Christmas card has finally arrived. And just in time. No way I can top this, so why even try, amiright? (Somehow, I suspect the grandparents will be unconvinced by that line of reasoning.) [Read more...]

Summa Shorts: “Submarine Sandwich”

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A couple of years ago, PES (aka Adam Pesapane) created the shorted Oscar-nominated animated short of all time: “Fresh Guacamole,” clocking in at a svelte (yet amusing and highly-imaginative 1:41.) It didn’t win — that honor went to the wonderful “Paperman” – but it did call attention to its creator’s undeniable talent. So if you haven’t [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Man From Snowy River”

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post professing my affection for – perhaps, even, my infatuation with – Bruce Rowland’s wonderful work on the soundtrack for The Man From Snowy River. Toward the end of that same May post, I expressed my disappointment over — perhaps, even, my volcanic rage at — the fact that the film itself [Read More...]


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