Monthly Archives: May 2013

Breathtaking Bellows

One lingering question after the George Bellows show at the Royal Academy: why isn’t he as well known as Edward Hopper? I’d seen some of the boxing scenes before – I used to have a poster of the Dempsey-Firpo fight on my … Continue reading

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Escaping the bright lights

Good to see John Updike’s Q&A with the Paris Review back in circulation on Twitter. I’ve always loved this part: INTERVIEWER You seem to shun literary society. Why? UPDIKE I don’t, do I? Here I am, talking to you. In leaving … Continue reading

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Turntable

“Live in Brittany”, the new album by The Celtic Fiddle Festival. TradConnect has  a review.

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Bums on seats

The Rolling Stones and Joe Public: from Robert Greenfield’s oral biography of pioneering rock promoter Bill Graham.

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Old Etonian makes good

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The teenager who triggered Kristallnacht

The LA Times reviews a  biography of Herschel Grynszpan, the young Polish Jew whose shooting of a German official became the pretext for a night of terror: The assassin fully expected to be hailed as a hero among Jews around the … Continue reading

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British Summer Time

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A musician in the making

A lovely tale about the late Colin Davis, from Bryan Magee’s evocative coming-of-age memoir, “Growing Up In A War”. As pupils at Christ’s Hospital in the 1940s, Magee and Davis had to endure the sharp tongue of a smug, bullying … Continue reading

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Less is more

Harry Connick Jr does his best to teach “American Idol” contestants how to sing standards. But were they listening? [Via jumokefashola]

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