Sunday, February 18, 2018

bursting the cerements

Tomorrow is the prima of the revenant Met Semiramide, last seen in these parts when the current cast* were tweens, and you can listen right here for free at 7:30 ET.

*Meade, DeShong, Camarena, Abdrazakov

Friday, January 26, 2018

opera demographics

According to the Noise Ministry's amicus curiae brief, a canvass of the parking lot, where the ratio of hybrids and motorcycles to luxury German cars is fairly high, suggests all the liberal weed smokers hang out at Glimmerglass.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Loafer's Glory

Once there was a guy named Bruce Phillips, who went by the name Utah, who wrote a lot of songs, told a lot of stories, and toured a lot of miles until heart trouble kept him off the road for good, so then he went and started a radio show. Loafer's Glory could serve as something of an antidote to the Great Vacuum currently sucking all the oxygen out of the public discourse in these parts, in particular as it offers a somewhat different account of working class America than the one currently on offer. As Utah himself always did, fine upstanding IWW member that he was. Utah's son Duncan has posted up all the episodes here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ursula Le Guin 1929 - 2018

For tweens of a certain stripe, she was the way into more problematically interesting fictive worlds than most of those lauded white-guy authors had to offer -- Earthsea could have been more of the Tolkienesque same, but she made magic a force with consequences as opposed to just another weapon to throw at some menace lumbering in your direction. And that was only the beginning of a canon built on hashing out thorny questions in abstract, one which will no doubt be much-revisited in the coming days. Meantime, NYT obit here.