A Moor of One’s Own

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

The pleasure travel books provide to those who want to recall a place they’ve been to, or who can’t afford to go to Tuscany but love to read about it, is vicarious and pure. If we are natives of the place, such descriptions give a less reliable pleasure. The foreign writers exclaim in delight or […]

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Jabs & Bullets

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Just a few days after the US presidential election, John Adams’s opera Doctor Atomic was broadcast live on big screens in hundreds of venues across the world, as part of the New York Metropolitan’s high-definition season. When Adams walked out on stage to join the cast, he received a standing ovation. At the end of […]

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The Pied Piper Effect

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Music has a remarkable power over us. In their heydays, Franz Liszt and the Beatles could induce perfectly sane women to pee all over the floor simply by performing in front of them – we call these bladder malfunctions ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘Beatlemania’. Throughout history people have trembled, swooned, vomited, peed, seen visions and committed suicide […]

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