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BUDDIES CHAPTER

For my 200th blog with WordPress, I’m posting a sample chapter of my novella BUDDIES.  This novella will be featured in my upcoming book of legal fiction A LAWYER’S CASEBOOK. XII Jason Crofts was considered a petty criminal.  He’d been … Continue reading

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REVISITING ROBERT SCHUMANN

Recently the pianist-singer-composer Gabriel Kahane has given concerts featuring Schumann’s 1840 song cycle Dichterliebe, or A Poet’s Love.  It makes for a revisit to a composer who, in recent years, has been seldom performed or considered. In a long retrospect, … Continue reading

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BACH AS AN OPERA COMPOSER

    Felix Mendelsohn studied with Carl Zelter, a composer who founded the Berlin Philharmonic and befriended the great Goethe.  Goethe shared Zelter’s enthusiasm for Johann Sebastian Bach.  The poet likened Bach’s contrapuntal melodies to the thoughts of the Creator … Continue reading

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HOTEL RITUALS

Over the centuries, hotels have gone by many names.  In ancient times, when people parked their horses at nearby stables, they were known as inns.  Inns probably weren’t the most attractive places, although travelers, no doubt, glad to have places … Continue reading

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MAMET IS RIGHT, UP TO A POINT

A recent controversy arose when playwright David Mamet threatened to fine  Outvisable Theatre of Detroit in the event that talkbacks were held after performances of his play Oleanna.  Such a measure by Mamet was heavyhanded, as is so much that … Continue reading

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

After a prolonged battle with Hollywood powers over his last film, Margaret, playwright-screenwriter-director Kenneth Lonergan returns to the screen with Manchester by the Sea.  Hollywood ways and theatre ways of working do not jibe, and Lonergan, in the Margaret battle, … Continue reading

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THE STRANGE CASE OF DAVID MAMET

I’ve gone through stages with David Mamet the same as I’ve gone through with Mike Tyson.  Back when Tyson was the best heavyweight, when he floored Michael Spinks in a few seconds, I was a fan.  When Tyson got violent … Continue reading

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