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“I Ain’t Got Nobody”, Five Ways

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Australian Hot Chocolate, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: There might be more obvious candidates for the title of quintessentially Australian drink. VB, Penfold’s Grange, Bundy,  Sullivan’s Cove. But it cannot be denied that hot chocolate is big business here. Not “cocoa”, either, but real, serious, … Continue reading

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Five Books About The Opera Business

Eddie Pensier writes: The Toughest Show On Earth: My Rise And Reign At the Metropolitan Opera Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener Volpe was the Met’s General Manager from 1990 to 2006. In retrospect his tenure may have been conservative, but … Continue reading

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Manon Lescaut, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She done him so, so wrong. L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut is a scandalous novella written in 1731 by Abbé Antoine François Prévost. Frequently banned and censored, it’s the story of a bourgeois … Continue reading

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Anita Cerquetti, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: She never got the press or fame of Maria Callas, whom she famously replaced in a Rome Norma in 1958. She only made two official recordings, both for Decca: an aria recital and a complete La Gioconda. She … Continue reading

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“It Ain’t Necessarily So”, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: It ain’t necessarily so It ain’t necessarily so The things that you’re liable To read in the Bible, It ain’t necessarily so. Li’l David was small, but oh my! Li’l David was small, but oh my! He … Continue reading

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Unexpected Celebrity Perfumes, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: Every celebrity has their own fragrance nowadays. And frankly, those of us who appreciate the art of perfumery generally don’t think much of star-hyped scents: the lion’s share of their budget tends to go toward packaging and … Continue reading

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