“Nothing is more legendary than the work of a legendary stage actor, since it is all but impossible to leave behind a permanent record of the live performances that made his reputation. And because theatrical acting usually looks and sounds overemphatic, at times grotesquely so, when filmed and viewed on a screen, many of the most storied stage actors have been reluctant to make movies or appear on TV. As a result, such once celebrated artists of the past as Katharine Cornell, Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, and Laurette Taylor are now known for the most part only as names in books…”
Archives for March 4, 2013
My beloved Mrs. T, from whom I temporarily parted company on February 11, flew back to New York from San Diego last Friday night, not a moment too soon.
We spent the weekend just past seeing a play, watching an old movie, going to a restaurant, and reveling in the unfamiliar sensation of being in the same place at the same time.
In between these happy events, though, I saw another show and wrote two pieces for The Wall Street Journal, which kept the two of us from spending as much time together as we would have liked. We plan to fix that problem this week, so don’t expect a whole lot of blogging for the next few days, just the routine daily stuff.
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Buck Owens sings “Together Again”:
William F. Buckley, Jr., interviews Walker Percy and Eudora Welty on Firing Line:
(This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday and Wednesday.)
“Dreaming is not merely an act of communication; it is also an aesthetic activity, a game of the imagination, a game that is a value in itself.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (trans. Michael Henry Heim)