Monthly Archives: July 2017

is it good to give to beggars?

    And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that … Continue reading

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an email to the editor, about J. M. Synge’s “The Aran Islands”

    Dear Tim, Thanks very much for getting back to me. I apologize for the slight delay in responding to you! To introduce myself. I live in New York City. I have always been deeply immersed in literature. I … Continue reading

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Manhattan Island from Bottom to Top; Walking as Exercise

*****************************************************   In the spirit of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will begin with the conclusion, followed by evidence to prove my point. Walking is a naturally beneficial form of exercise habitual since human origins. It is perfectly suited to … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on Manhattan (plus my own impressions and thoughts)

    MANNAHATTA.   I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city, Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name. Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient, I see that … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky, “The Seasons”; Чайковский,” Времена года”

    Tchaikovsky, “The Seasons”   January: At the Fireside (A major) February: Carnival (D major) March: Song of the Lark (G minor) April: Snowdrop (B-flat major) May: Starlit Nights (G major) June: Barcarolle (G minor) July: Song of the … Continue reading

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regarding Professor Strunk’s admonition, “Omit Needless Words.” (or, are long, complex sentences bad?)

    Should long, complex sentences be considered, a priori, evidence of bad writing? Ask Samuel Johnson. Or practically any other great writer one can think of. Sometimes the shortest sentences can be extremely powerful: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). But, … Continue reading

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Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition” (original piano version; 1874); Мусоргский, «Картины на выставке» (оригинальная версия для фортепиано, 1874)

    “Pictures at an Exhibition” (Russian: Картинки с выставки – Воспоминание о Викторе Гартмане; literally, “Pictures from an Exhibition – A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann”; French: Tableaux d’une exposition) is a suite of ten pieces (plus a recurring, varied … Continue reading

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