Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday posting from the Ministry of Noise

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

noyse alert

Almost missed this, but Hesperion XXI's peri-mediterranean program Kalenda Maya, recorded live at this year's York Early Music Festival, is archived on iPlayer for a couple more days.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer 1923 - 2014

It was fun reading July's People in a Postcolonial Lit class with a professor who didn't believe there was any value in talking about politics in literature. Good times! Read the obituaries everywhere.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

another smoking gun

From Daniel Deronda, one of those rare but crucial Schiller references that make geek life worth living:

"...But you know her, Mirah -- you can always say something descriptive. What do you think of Mrs. Grandcourt?"
     "I think she is like the Princess of Eboli in Don Carlos," said Mirah, with a quick intensity. She was pursuing an association in her own mind not intelligible to her hearers -- an association with a certain actress as well as the part she represented.
     "Your comparison is a riddle for me, my dear," said Mrs. Meyrick, smiling.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up every conversation I ever had with a VicLit professor.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catone Approximately Thirty Miles Southeast of Utica (As the Crow Flies)

Wasting no time whatsoever, Glimmerglass has announced its 2015 (and 40th anniversary) program here. Psyched for the return of baroque opera, the return of Eric Owens, the return of Melody Moore, and the return of John Conklin. Also psyched for the opportunity to hear more from Jacqueline Echols, and reasonably enthused for the idea of getting The Magic Flute lost in the woods.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Yes, it's that time of year again

Happy Ordnance n' Alcohol blah blah woof woof

Here's a thing you maybe didn't know about Charles Ives: "He was also outraged when the first airplanes began flying over, and whenever he heard one he would come out and shake his fist at it and shout 'Get off my property!'"*

*source: JRMS's** Redding Oral History Project, excerpted here. **which, by the way, was the place where we started collectively blowing off that whole Pledge of Allegiance thing, because, rote memorization loyalty oaths*** for children? Seriously? ***Barry Crimmins' descriptive phrase, but probably exactly the wording our 5th grade teacher**** would have used had she been called upon to elaborate. ****Miss H was awesome, and the version of the Republic she stood for is the one worth celebrating*****. *****Happy 4th.