Noo Yoik, Noo Yoik

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

A favourite pastime with a certain species of cultivated New Yorker – ‘obsession’ is probably a more correct word – is that of referring to well-known figures by their first names so as to ensure that a little of their glamour will rub off on you through the implied intimacy. ‘Have you seen David’s show?’, […]

Up in the Gods

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

My most chilling memory of air-conditioned nights at New York’s Metropolitan Opera is the prelude to a performance of Verdi’s Otello. As the lights dimmed, the house manager came out in front of the curtain. He was visibly trembling, as though afraid he might be called upon to launch into the Prologue from I Pagliacci. […]

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