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Rethinking the Repertoire #9 – Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony

March 10, 2016
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So, is the “Gaelic” Symphony an unalloyed masterpiece? I’d argue in the affirmative.

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Arts Interview: The Late E.L. Doctorow — Reduced to Art

July 24, 2015
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“When people ask how I became interested in history, I answer it was through an interest in popular culture and disreputable genres.”

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Arts Commentary: Reviewing Music, Re-viewed

July 14, 2020
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Our opera-loving reviewer contrasts his own pieces, written 48 years apart, on the same Offenbach operetta.

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Film Review: Acknowledging Jean Epstein — Brilliant Maverick Filmmaker and Critic

January 29, 2016
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Jean Epstein’s body of work is full of pleasures and surprises: this vigorous director broke ground for filmmakers and cinematic movements to come.

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Movie Review: The Ten Best Films of 2013 — Our Lists

December 28, 2013
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The most unfairly maligned film of the year: Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor.” The most overrated movie of the year, which gave me a mammoth headache: “American Hustle.”

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Poetry Review: Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer’s Divided Self

January 20, 2012
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Certainly part of the power of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry resides in how, having established a jagged consciousness, he leaves us in between—in a world full of questions that are not easily resolved.

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Book Review: Denis Johnson’s Plays in Verse — The Art of Talking with the Devil

October 18, 2012
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One answer to the question of “Why two plays in verse?” might be that Denis Johnson is a writer relentlessly in pursuit of new forms, and new formal challenges—a literary daredevil always looking for a new vehicle to take for a thrill ride.

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Jazz Remembrance: Tribute to Wayne Shorter

March 4, 2023
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One of the true masters of jazz, Wayne Shorter, passed away during the early hours of March 2. Our writers quickly gathered to express their appreciations of Shorter’s innovations and his long life of constant creativity.

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Author Interview: “Embattled” — Can Ancient Greek Myths Help Us Resist Tyranny?

December 24, 2021
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“By cultivating our capacity for empathetic critical inquiry, Greek myths caution us against entertainers, pundits, politicians, and journalists who are trying to inflame our anger and fear.”

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March Short Fuses – Materia Critica

March 3, 2022
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Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.

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