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Ellen O'Neill
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The alter ego of M.A.Peel
The alter ego of M.A.Peel

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Massive MTA Failure: Sadly, Nothing New.
The MTA has been failing its costumers on an epic scale lately.  Yesterday's commuting nightmare also had Con Edison pitching in: NY Times "Why a Midtown Power Failure Snarled Your Morning Commute."  Snarled is a pretty cozy word for soul-sapping mess.   Fu...

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The Leftovers: I’m All in for the Final Season of Exasperations and Magic
I am all in for the niche ruminating about The Leftovers after the premiere of its 3rd and final season last Sunday because there is so much fun to be had. The series is a triumph of imagination, combined with the highest arts of TV writing, directing, and ...

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Americans entered World War One in 1917. In 2012 I was asked twice, by well-educated Englishmen, "Oh, were the American in World War 1? People forget . . .

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The Editions of the Romantics: That Which Connects
"It has been estimated that at the time of Keats' death, the combined sales of the three books published during his lifetime amounted to 200 copies."  Andrew Motion, The Guardian January 23, 2010 Yet here we are, two hundred years later, and the Keats-Shell...

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Going Their Way. Attention Must Be Paid.
A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. . . . His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the ...

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Woody's 1979 Manhattan Fantasy Meets 2016 Manhattan Reality
When I saw the schedule for New York Philharmonic 2016-2917 Art of the Score series my heart jumped: GERSHWIN!  I mean, the Woody Allen 1979 film, Manhattan . And that was the rub. The brilliance of George Gershwin played live by the NYPhil set to the awe-i...

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Last 9/11 I was in Croatia, at a workshop for polyphony. And it happened that the free concert was on September 11. And it happened that our rehearsal for the concert was at 3:00pm, 9:00am New York Time. And that the first piece we rehearsed was Sheppard's setting of The Lord's Prayer. So at 9:03 am NY time, I was singing "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us." Followed of course by, 'and deliver us from evil . . . ." 

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9/11 and the New York Times Crossword: 15 Years, Day by Day
The week leading up to a 9/11 anniversary in New York City is very distinct: all flavor of law enforcement is highly visible, from troopers in full riot gear and high-powered firearms greeting the morning rush hour crush at 96th street to groups of 3 office...

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Nice of the Vatican to lift that threat of excommunication for listening to the Allegri Miserere outside of its walls, because it is STUNNING. 

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Grand Marshalls of the St. Patrick's Day Parade In a Yeatsian Gyre: From Violence to Peace
W.B. Yeats had a complicated/poetic view of the forces of history. Forces being the important word.  Not surprising, since he was born in 1865 into the tail end of the Protestant Ascendancy, which began in the 17th century with "the political, economic and ...
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