Monthly Archives: January 2009

… Or Mister Pritchett, the Bastard

Samuel Barber’s haunting chamber opera A Hand of Bridge (libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti), performed by the Opera Theater of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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By the way…

… if I ever catch up with the person who invented the screw-type-vending-machine-delivery-system-that-always-stops-one-erg-short-of-releasing-my-purchased-item I’m going to beat them to a blood-soaked pulp.

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The Alternative Medicine Scam

The great and good Derek Lowe is properly scathing about the attempts to make “alternative medicine” mainstream. Just think, 80 years ago it would have been considered a gross insult to call someone a “root-and-herb” doctor. Now it the next … Continue reading

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Wasted Talents?

A. C. Douglas, in praising the recording of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, conducted by the composer, makes a point I’ve frequently agreed with: We’ve never been much drawn to Leonard Bernstein’s “serious” compositions as despite their admirable … Continue reading

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No Damned Nonsense About Merit

It looks like New York Governor David Patterson is going to give in and make America’s Princess the next Senator of the state. Mrs. Schlossberg, whose résumé makes that of the present occupant of the Office of the President-Elect look … Continue reading

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Youth is Wasted on the Old

A 40-year-old woman couldn’t buy beer because she looked too young: Despite her best efforts, youthful Karen Hamilton could not convince supermarket workers she was older than 18, the legal age for purchasing alcohol. Maintaining she was a teenager, staff … Continue reading

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Speaking of which…

… my former company seems to be in more than a little spot of trouble and, as one possible outcome, may declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 2007, Lyondell Chemical Company, a publically-traded U.S.-based company, was purchased by Basell Industries, part … Continue reading

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