Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Sculptors of Notre Dame: “Muscle Shoals”, “20 Feet From Stardom”, and “The Wrecking Crew”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: After STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN, which shined a light on the Detroit backing band who played on dozens of Motown hits, there’s been a spate of documentaries honoring the previously-anonymous studio musicians who were essential contributors … Continue reading

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Four Critics Walked Into a Book . . .

Glynn Marshes writes: Highly recommend The Norton Critical Edition of Goethe’s Faust, if you’re in a lit-nerd mood. The translation (Walter Arndt) is more-than-approachable and the interpretive notes (Cyrus Hamlin) are terrific. And as an added bonus, the last 180 … Continue reading

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“Need” and “Should”

Paleo Retiree writes: Another installment in what I’m thinking of as my Andy Rooney Series, wherein I notice, and then muse grumpily about, current trends. Hey, what else are older people good for? Today: What to make of morally coercive language … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington, D.C. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: Amahl: “Are you a real king?” Balthazar: “Yes.” Amahl: “Have you regal blood?” Balthazar: “Yes.” Amahl: “Can I see it?” Balthazar: “It is just like yours.” Amahl: “What’s the use of having it, then?” Balthazar: “No use.” … Continue reading

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Wednesday Pop Selection: XTC

Sir Barken Hyena writes: One of my favorite times in music was when the newly birthed Punk movement started to blend with straight forward pop. XTC is one of the best of this stream, here they are at what I think … Continue reading

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Highsmith Redux

Fenster writes: Paleo links to a Guardian article proclaiming Patricia Highsmith as the screen’s new It Girl. Reminds me of a couple of blog postings of mine from exactly 10 years ago saying much the same thing.  This was pre … Continue reading

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