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A Reminder from Stephen Sondheim

Posted on December 9th, 2016
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8 times Tony Award winner, Stephen Sondheim, has composed some of the most beautiful music ever played in the American theater. Intellectual, witty, amusing, there is no easy way to describe the body of his work. It seems that he has written something about every subject imaginable. In today’s climate of divisiveness, sometimes it is […]

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Man Overboard: Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys

Posted on December 6th, 2016
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                  In writing about the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, who would have turned 72 last Sunday, December 4th, we are reminded of the term Norman Mailer invented in 1973 – factoid, which means information that has become accepted as a fact even though it is not […]

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The Final Bell is About to Ring

Posted on December 5th, 2016
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The theme of John Donne’s poem, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” is that every death effects everyone – we are all mankind and we are diminished by the passing of another. Over the weekend, it was announced that a much respected firm that dates back to 1570 is closing its doors: not exactly a human […]

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I Keep My Eyes to the Skies As I Walk: The Story of Kyu Sakamoto

Posted on December 2nd, 2016
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You may have heard the song, but you probably do not know the sad story behind it. Recorded by a fresh faced, Japanese singer, 20 year old Kyu Sakamoto, “Sukiyaki” first appeared in Japan in 1961. It quickly rose to the top of the charts there. Spreading worldwide, by 1963 it had reached number one […]

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Representations of Death in Art

Posted on November 30th, 2016
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As we have noted before, death has been personified and symbolized by artists essentially since the beginning of time. Images really became prolific during the Bronze Age (c. 2500- c. 800 BC). The grim reaper, the rider on a pale horse, the angel of death, skeletons, skulls, stopped/handless clocks, menacing animals and horrific skies filled […]

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