Margaret Whiting

News of Margaret Whiting's death at 86 on Monday must have sent her fans to the shelves in search of her recording of "Moonlight in Vermont." She recorded the song in 1943 when she was 19. It helped make her a star, and she stayed on the charts well into the 1960s, surviving even as rock and roll displaced scores of her pop music contemporaries. Johnny Mercer did not write the lyric for "Moonlight in Vermont," but when he was the creative power at Capitol Records he chose the song for Whiting. … [Read more...]

Other Matters: The Unicorn In The Garden

Partially blind, totally brilliant, for decades James Thurber (1894-1961) entertained readers with the incisiveness and wit of his stories and drawings. His most famous story is probably "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which was distorted into a film that Thurber detested. Almost everything he did was for print, most of it in The New Yorker. There were exceptions. He wrote the hit play The Male Animal, appeared on stage in an adaptation of his stories called A Thurber Carnival, and … [Read more...]

Compatible Quotes: James Thurber

It is better to have loafed and lost, than never to have loafed at all. It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough. Progress was all right. Only it went on too long. There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. … [Read more...]