Monthly Archives: August 2013

FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES

They say that bad facts make bad laws.  One weekend in the 1980’s, Tip O’Neill, then Speaker of the House, heard of the sudden death of a famous basketball player.  The athlete had died of drugs.  In quick response to … Continue reading

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TOWARD THE FUTURE

When you live longer, how will you develop? With more time, how will you spend it? When you are larger, how will you mark the earth? With better food, will you eat more wisely?   I have tasted Death through … Continue reading

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WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL

A number of years ago I was in a grocery store near Bennington, Vermont when I saw an ad near the store’s exit.  The ad told of a current production of Brecht’s Mother Courage at a Williamstown Theatre Festival.  I … Continue reading

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TOWARD A POLITICAL THEATRE

Theatre artists generally have mixed feelings when it comes to plays with political topics.  So much of political art is badly done.  Many writers and painters assume that their art will be compelling merely because it tackles political issues.  They … Continue reading

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WAGNER IN COOPERSTOWN

Before I saw Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at Glimmerglass, I saw the exhibit on the Hudson school of painting at Coopertown’s Fenimore Museum.   It had been advertised that sets in the opera production had been inspired by the Hudson school paintings.  … Continue reading

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