Category Archives: Music

Superaging

The New York Times recently ran an article titled “How to Become a ‘Superager.’”  It was written by Lisa Feldman Barrett who is a psychology professor at Northeastern University.  Barrett contends that “superagers” are those who continually push their bodies … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

It seems implausible that a high school dropout who failed English three times would become a celebrated writer, but that’s the unlikely but true story of the subject of this article.  It’s also implausible that the brief reference to a … Continue reading

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Music Notes

I recently ran across 25 bizarre facts about classical music.  I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the “facts,” but they’re interesting. — — — — — A Metropolitan Opera matinee performance of Rossini’s opera William Tell was interrupted on … Continue reading

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The Fifties

Like many people, I feel that I grew up in a very special time.  I saw the birth of television, and everything that followed its birth: nightly news programs, beloved series like I Love Lucy and The Adventures of Ozzie … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Books (in many different forms) have been around for a long time, but there may never have been a book about books quite like the one written by Keith Houston.  An article in The Dallas Daily News will convince any … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Stitcher is a website that features podcast series.  One of them is Footnoting History.  The podcasts in this series, which vary in length, include “The Rise of the British Spy Novel,” “Sherlock Holmes in Popular Culture,” and “The Eleven Lost … Continue reading

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Ten Days in a Mad-House

I first heard of Nellie Bly many, many years ago when I listened to Jimmie Rodgers’ version of “Frankie and Johnny” (composer and lyricist unknown).  The song tells the story of a woman, Frankie, and her unfaithful lover, Johnny.  Frankie … Continue reading

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