Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

A Kipling for Our Times

Fenster writes: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Ruby, My Dear.  Thelonius Monk.  And thanks, Libby for turning me on to this and much else back when.

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Jewish Music and the Blues

Fenster writes: If you have not seen it, the PBS special on Jews and Broadway is very much worth watching.  It is available in full on YouTube here.  It’s entitled Broadway Musicals: a Jewish Legacy.  Jews often seem to want … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: A link to the streaming version of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, I’m Your Pal.

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Fenster writes: Is it wrong to be all about the bass? Or maybe we should just stick to the basics? Cut and paste this link for all-purpose use whereever, whenever. A longish philosophical take on whether (and how) lawyers should … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Kureishi Then and Now

Fenster writes: I had to strain in my last double feature finding a connection between a one-off Rohmer and an indie Lynch wannabe.  This time it should not be as difficult: two movies written by Hanif Kureishi, one an early … Continue reading

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Wimmin Singin Wednesday

Fenster writes: I am enamoured of Rosemary Clooney’s interpretation of Cole Porter’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.  How strange the change from major to minor. . . . As McCartney sang in another context entirely, she’s a woman, and she … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Fenster writes: Boston Globe sports columnist Christopher L. Gasper weighs in on the public debate in the media over the Washington Redskins’ name. Well, that’s not completely accurate.  There is little to no public debate in the media about the … Continue reading

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Double Feature: “The Lady and the Duke” and “Escape from Tomorrow”

Fenster writes: I wrote here about a double feature screened at home.  I picked up Cool Hand Luke and The Paperboy just because they were both available at the library and found that they had a lot in common, including … Continue reading

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Think Globally Travel Locally

Fenster writes: It is possible in some of our larger cities to approximate international travel without the need to purchase expensive (and environmentally unfriendly!) airline tickets.  And I am not talking Disney-style simulacra, but more of the real thing, or … Continue reading

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