Peter O’Toole’s “Taming of the Shrew”

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As has been oft-lamented, there’s a lot of junk on the Internet. Even worse, I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for a bit of it myself. (Nothing evil, mind you. Just banal.) Sometimes, though, I stumble across something that is so fantastic, it makes me forget all the banality and junk. Like Jeremy Irons (and Alec [Read More...]

WANTED: A Familiar Version of “Ge Mig En Dag”

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YouTube has failed me. I can’t find the version of “Ge Mig En Dag” I want, and it’s driving me nuts. Instead, all I can find is this: Pretty, no? Ring any melodic bells? Recognition is made slightly more complicated by the fact that this is hardly its most famous setting. The one that springs [Read More...]

Tomasz Bagiński and “The Kinematograph”

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The Polish animator Tomasz Bagiński has been on my radar ever since the day I accidentally stumbled across his visually stunning Katedra. I can’t remember the details of my fortuitous discovery, but the short definitely caught my attention; it was gorgeous, atmospheric, and a bit disturbing. Hunting down his subsequent short, Fallen Art, I found it nowhere near [Read More...]

The One Where Safeway Tries Its Hand at Algorithms and Unintentional Hilarity Ensues

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On Saturday, as Sarah and I skimmed through Safeway’s most recent Just For U offers in preparation for the terrifyingly-unending-and-budget-busting project that is feeding our kids each week, I noticed this: See it? No? Here. I’ll give you a hint: This is either an abject failure of algorithmic marketing, or pure genius. I’m not sure which, though [Read More...]

A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping

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Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not. — Jeremiah 31:15 In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) [Read More...]

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...]

“Pianomania,” and the Magical Art of Tuning

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One of my favorite activities of late is watching documentaries with Sean. He loves ‘em, I’ve always loved ‘em, and it’s a genre of significant strength for Netflix Streaming. We don’t (usually) watch them in one sitting, because I need my beauty sleep. Or something. But documentaries often lend themselves to staged viewings, so it [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...]

No Commentary Necessary — Mozart’s “Commendatore”

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For some strange reason, my most vivid college memories almost always involve music — a fact that ceased to surprise me long ago, but one that I still find curious. And which my professors would probably find depressing. C’est la vie… A corollary to my peculiarly melodic style of recollection is that my roommate’s musical tastes [Read More...]


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