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by jserraglio
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Ronan Farrow: Catch and Kill (2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Ronan Farrow: Catch and Kill (2019)

I devoured this book. Farrow, among his strengths as a journalist, also has the eye of a naturalist who tallies up animal behavior with one devastating word, as when he classifies Harvey Weinstein's threat displays as deimatic.
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Little Women (2019) Splendid. Loved it. Now I must read the book. Two New Yorker reviews helped explain for me what director Greta Gerwig was up to. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/the-compromises-of-greta-gerwigs-little-women/amp https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/06/greta-g...
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Sally Rooney: Normal People (2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Sally Rooney: Normal People (2019)

Almost as involving as her previous novel, Conversations with Friends (2017). Read it straight thru w/o a break.
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Little Women (1994) with Winona Ryder

Age of Innocence ((1993)
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Frieder Weissmann in Italy 1957-1969 1 WAGNER: Tannhäuser – O du meiner holder Abendstern (sung in Italian) Giuseppe Taddei (baritone) Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI/Frieder Weissmann 16.12.1957 2 MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder Lucrezia West (contralto) Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI/Fr...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump apes Machiavelli-Nixon theory: a very wise thing to simulate madness.
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Trump apes Machiavelli-Nixon theory: a very wise thing to simulate madness.

Despotic Donald was to the manner born. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Arturo Toscanini NBC Symphony July 18, 1943 Studio 8H Bond Concert SUPPE: Poet & Peasant Overture (Dichter & Bauer) MASSENET: Scenes Alsaciennes Dimanche Matin Au Cabaret Sous les tilleuls Dimanche Soir BOLZONI: Al Castello Medioevale No. 1 (Medieval Castle Serenade) J. STRAUSS II: Voci di Primavera...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence (1920)
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence (1920)

Has it all: characterization, narrative, style and an unconventional treatment of a love triangle. In my view, this is one of the great novels in the English language. Wharton is a stunning artist and for me her book was an education.
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Krips Wiener Philharmoniker - Johann Strauss II London CS 6007

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by jserraglio
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Nikolai Peiko, String Quartets 1-3

from Melodiya C10-13037 GOST 5289-73 (1979)
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Oedipus Rex: Pears Modl Stravinsky WDR 1951 Peter Pears (Oedipus) Martha Mödl (Jocasta) Heinz Rehfuss (Creon, Messenger) Otto von Rohr (Tiresias) Jean Cocteau (narrator) Helmut Krebs (Shepherd) Kölner Rundfunkchor, Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Igor Stravinsky 08. October 1951, live, mono, Funk...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Louie Kemp: Dylan and Me (2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Louie Kemp: Dylan and Me (2019)

What could a rich fishmonger ( Louis Kemp's Crab Delights ) have to say about the legendary Nobel laureate Bob Dylan? Plenty if the best man at your wedding and the godfather to two of your kids happens to be named Bobby Zimmerman. This is the most unpretentious, fun book about Bob Dylan I have ever...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Mercury Olympian MG 50037
Schubert “Unfinished” Symphony
Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

Never reissued on CD, afaik.

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by jserraglio
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Ohio, Middletown's care and kindness for its homeless is being exploited by its neighbors.
Replies: 0
Views: 167

In Ohio, Middletown's care and kindness for its homeless is being exploited by its neighbors.

WASHINGTON POST MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — This small heartland city, situated almost halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati, has long had a heart. In good times and bad, it has offered a generous network of privately funded homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation facilities and soup kitchens, plus a library...
by jserraglio
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Theory of Everything (2014)

Inspired me to borrow and read Hawking's Brief History of Time.
by jserraglio
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: There, There by Tommy Orange (2018)
Replies: 0
Views: 210

There, There by Tommy Orange (2018)

12 different narrative perspectives plus the author's own take on the plight of urban Natives. One of my colleagues assigned this to his 10th graders so I thought I might as well read it too. Glad I did. Certainly puts Oakland on the map. There's a there there now. The California Dream as nightmare:...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

The late Koho Uno in 1995 conducting the Shinsei Nihhon Symphony Orchestra: LvB Sym 2 and 6. Top-notch interpretations by a celebrated Japanese music critic turned conductor in the vein of Mengelberg, Knappertsbusch and Furtwangler. I had never heard of him in either role. Here's his Schubert 9 http...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Viewed The House of Mirth (2000) 2 more times, just to absorb Wharton's riveting dialogue before reading her long book.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Edith Wharton: House of Mirth (1905)
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Edith Wharton: House of Mirth (1905)

A great novel by one of the greatest English novelists. The brilliant dialogue regularly compares with Oscar Wilde's, and Wharton's take on upper-crust society is far more caustic. One serious flaw in the narrative perspective is the shameful anti-Semitic portrayal of Simon Rosedale's character. No ...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & securi

Utica, NY's rebound discombobulates the misconception that refugees are a drain on the local economy. Its experience suggests that quite the opposite is in fact the case. And suggests too that scapegoating immigrants for unemployment caused by other factors lies behind anti-immigrant political movem...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & securi

Unemployment particularly among the young is huge in the southern states. In Sicily I think it's 60%, the general level is still about 30%....and yet Merkel wants even more migrants in. Who's going to pay these migrants' pensions when they age? Over time, the immigrants themselves, I assume, will h...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Joker (2019). Missed it in the theaters. Streamed a short sample. Will catch it after Jan 7 when I buy the DVD. Pretty unrelenting so far. Taxi Driver without Cybill and Jodie to compensate.
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

City of God (2002). Finally saw it.
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & securi

Germany's aim is to run Europe - this time without tanks and bombs . . . . With typical American naivete, I had thought all along that was Russia's aim, with tanks and bombs if that's what it takes. Biggest future threat to NATO is not Germany, but a nonaggression agreement between the US and Russi...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 10
Views: 542

In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security

NEWSWEEK << 41 percent of Germans feel Trump is the most dangerous of five globally important leaders, a list which included Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping. >> https://www.newsweek.com/donald-t...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical mag rejects Trump
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Evangelical mag rejects Trump

CT's president and CEO defends Editor Mark Galli's editorial. The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue. TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE DECEMBER 22, 2019 The alliance of American evangelicalism with this presid...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical mag rejects Trump
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Evangelical mag rejects Trump

THE NEW YORKER TODAY ON RELIGION WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR EVANGELICALS TO TURN ON PRESIDENT TRUMP By Michael Luo December 23, 2019 Christians concerned about Trumpism may need to turn their focus inward to counter the corrosive influence of Fox News and other forces permeating evangelical culture. On...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Quixote tilts at windmills
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Donald Quixote tilts at windmills

Raises the question: Just how secure is the nuclear football from a nut job? WASHINGTON POST . . . “I never understood wind,” Trump said at the start of the lengthy tangent, days after he became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. “You know, I know windmills very much. I’ve studied ...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical mag rejects Trump
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Evangelical mag rejects Trump

barney wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:10 am
Perhaps Trump is confusing himself with the Almighty?
Or dyslexically construed D-O-G assbackwards.
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 872
Views: 645577

Re: What I listened to today

Bach BWV 1001-1006 Susanne Lautenbacher 1960 Musicaphon/Bayer Records

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bach-Sonatas-P ... 7548623697
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical mag rejects Trump
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Evangelical mag rejects Trump

Rebooting the hoary American tradition of Know-Nothingism, Trump, wrapping himself in his Mantle of Office, impugns the integrity of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Catholic faith: you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying 'I pray for the President,' when you know this statement is not true,...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 62
Views: 40756

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (2012)

a beautiful film, which among many other admirable things, such as its scintillating dialogue, is a tribute to the French New Wave.
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Philip Pullman: La Belle Sauvage (2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Philip Pullman: La Belle Sauvage (2017)

Prequel to the His Dark Materials trilogy's first volume, The Golden Compass.

First book by Pullman I've read. I found it fascinating, even with the endless nappy changes baby Lyra undergoes.
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Colson Whitehead: Zone One (2011)
Replies: 0
Views: 223

Colson Whitehead: Zone One (2011)

Zombie apocalypse in NYC a la Blade Runner. Esp. interesting if one has ever lived or worked in Manhattan. Brilliantly descriptive, at times blending the ghoulish with the hilarious.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Re: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99

Epic LC 3192 Grieg c/w Rachmaninov $150 on eBay.

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by jserraglio
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments

Biology = superstition? Odd to hear that one. We shall never agree. Merry Christmas :) "Biology = destiny": that's superstition. Where I think we disagree is about gender being a social construct as well as biologically determined. So what the hell, to all seven genders of humanity, a merry xmas!
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Re: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99

Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 (1934) [22:33]
Abbey Simon (piano)
rec. 12-15 February 1955
originally on EPIC LP

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by jserraglio
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump: energy-efficient light bulbs make me look orange, and those lo-flo toilets don't flush right.
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Trump: energy-efficient light bulbs make me look orange, and those lo-flo toilets don't flush right.

WASHINGTON POST Trump taps nostalgia in war on Earth-friendly measures PALM BEACH, Fla. — While Democratic presidential candidates have called for sweeping measures to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint, President Trump is promising voters a world free of the everyday inconveniences associated with...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments

The state has no business assigning nor altering gender. Your plumbing decides what you are, your behavior is up to you. Where I hail from, agents wielding varying degrees of State authority intuitively assign and memorialize gender every single day, which in practice, I agree, usually works out fi...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments

I am not into mire playing. Vonnegut does not really express the topic well. As an American POW in WW2, a survivor of the Allied fireboming of Dresden, a trained chemist, and the author of one of the greatest imaginative works of the 20th century, Vonnegut told us via metaphor that gender may not b...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3192

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

Everything you've written on this subject for the last 3 years has virtually been a cut-and-paste job of that same luvvie media. One can only hope that you've benefited from reading my cut'n'paste jobs for three years. Most all were reprinted from the New York Times , the Washington Post , & the Wa...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99
Replies: 10
Views: 1001

Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99

Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99 Mr. Simon, light of touch yet breathtakingly pyrotechnic, was known for his interpretations of the Romantic literature. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/arts/music/abbey-simon-dead.html By Margalit Fox Dec. 21, 2019 Abbey Simon, an American pianist celebra...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Two Amigos: Trump touts fellow despot Putin after flying out of D.C. Friday night.
Replies: 0
Views: 395

The Two Amigos: Trump touts fellow despot Putin after flying out of D.C. Friday night.

WAPO Late Friday night, minutes before deplaning in Florida for the holidays, President Trump retweeted a link to an article in which Russian President Vladi­mir Putin defended him against impeachment. “A total Witch Hunt!” the president tweeted at 10:30 p.m., as he shared a 36-hour-old Associated ...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: IMPOTUS Tax Cuts Have Delivered a Trillion-Dollar Deficit for the Middle Class
Replies: 0
Views: 369

IMPOTUS Tax Cuts Have Delivered a Trillion-Dollar Deficit for the Middle Class

NPR Two years ago Friday, Republicans in Congress passed a sweeping tax cut. It was supposed to be a gift-wrapped present to taxpayers and the economy. But in hindsight, it looks more like a costly lump of coal. Passed on a party-line vote, the tax cut is the signature legislative accomplishment of...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Author J.K. Rowling under fire for transgender comments

Forstater and Rowling are correct in this. So say those mired in medaevalism. But, in fact, Kurt Vonnegut, trained as a scientist, is correct in this: There are no fewer than seven sexes on Earth, each essential to reproduction. . . . There could be no Earthing babies without male homosexuals. Ther...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Despot Trump's ICE facilities punish inmates rather than detaining them
Replies: 1
Views: 384

Despot Trump's ICE facilities punish inmates rather than detaining them

Donald Trump and Stephen Miller appear to be running the equivalent of internal concentration camps far away from the border. USA TODAY Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US NEW ORLEANS – At 2:04 p.m. on Oct. 15, a guard at the Rich...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice delayed is justice applied: Pelosi impounds impeachment articles, infuriating Mitch and Donald
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Justice delayed is justice applied: Pelosi impounds impeachment articles, infuriating Mitch and Donald

Belle wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Too right: get into that revenge!!
Better that than a fatal dose of evangelistic neo-religiosity.
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3192

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:13 pm
nonalcoholic impeachment party--that lets me out!
Non-alcoholism being McDonald's only virtue.