Category Archives: Personal reflections

DON CARLO, Metropolitan Opera (Review)

Eddie Pensier* writes: I’ve always had big problems with Verdi’s Don Carlo. It always struck me less as a cohesive music-theatre piece and more of a collection of scenes and arias, rather like a concert program. It never really juggles … Continue reading

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A Walk Down Bedford Ave.

Fenster writes: I wrote here about a walk down Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, a half-mile slice of interesting grit and glamour–mostly grit–in the otherwise upscale suburbs west of Boston.  It was night time at 5 PM near the shortest … Continue reading

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Starbucks Goes Kitsch

Glynn Marshes writes: Okay, I’m going to say it: when Starbucks worked, as a cultural phenom, it worked because the experience was something close to art. Yes, we sophisticates quickly wearied of the Starbucks experience. The damn franchise has been … Continue reading

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RIP Lloyd Fonvielle 1950-2015

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Lloyd Fonvielle — writer, artist, friend to many of us here, our fifth Beatle — died earlier this week at his home in Las Vegas. His creativity, humor, intelligence, and generosity will be deeply missed. I heard a … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Things from 2014

Blowhard, Esq. writes: For approximately the 14th year in a row my pop music taste slid into middling mediocrity, but I’m perfectly OK with that. I long ago abandoned caring about or following new music. I loved The Black Keys’ “Turn … Continue reading

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Vintage Photos Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: Papa Pensier (squinting little boy) and family. Lisbon, Portugal c.1935 Mama Pensier (squealing baby) and family. Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1936. Related More cool old photos of my parents and grandparents.

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A Personal Note

Paleo Retiree writes: I left a mini-memoir-ish comment on a Steve Sailer blogpost about the English writer Julie Burchill and her ex-husband Cosmo Landesman that a few might find interesting. Here it is: A general question that’s come up a … Continue reading

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