Monthly Archives: May 2017

a great letter (from an elementary schooler)

    “Here is a letter written in 1992 by a ten-year-old girl to her parents. Countless girls write such letters from camp every summer. … We can make no claim of fame or masterpiece status for Elizabeth’s letter. This … Continue reading

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“Hávamál” (“Sayings of the High One”; translated from Old Norse)

      ‘Sayings of the High One’     “Hávamál” (“Sayings of the High One”) is contained in the Codex Regius, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. Codex means an ancient manuscript in book form. … Continue reading

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Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, “Platero y yo”

      Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968; b. Italy; d. USA) was an Italian composer. He was regarded as one of the foremost guitar composers of the twentieth century. Posted below is his musical setting of the Spanish poet Juan Ramón … Continue reading

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“sick minds”

        O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm: Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. — William … Continue reading

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Benjamin Britten, “Elegy”

          (scroll down for music)     The Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31, is a song cycle written in 1943 by English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) for tenor accompanied by a solo horn … Continue reading

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a significant (glaring) omission

                I recently saw the documentary film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, about urban theorist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) and her epic battle during the 1960’s against city planner Robert Moses … Continue reading

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Yankee “friendliness”

      re “During Rikers Upheaval, the ‘Prettiest Village in Maine’ Beckoned,” The New York Times, April 30, 2017     The story is based a visit that a Times reporter, Rick Rojas, made over the weekend to the … Continue reading

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