Handel With Care

    He was stubborn, astute, determined, cunning, art-loving, gregarious, solitary, humorous and wonderfully compassionate and generous in his dealings with the Foundling Hospital, the Fund for Decayed Musicians and the Lock Hospital for women in distress. -Review, Handel in London: The Making of a Genius, Financial Times, September 29/30, 2018   Fund for Decayed Musicians? …

Reading Comprehension

  Last summer Rod Stewart came through Boston for a private concert. The newspaper mentioned he’d dined someplace downtown. I was surprised because I’d been there once myself, for a fundraiser. It’s one of those shiny Irish pub simulacra. The thing was, the article said he dined there twice. I remember thinking: Huh? I’d have …

Triomph

There is so much crap in this world, and then, suddenly, there is honesty and humanity. -Ryszard Kapuściński, The Soccer War If you were to recommend a band to me, and describe them as a Thai funk/surf soul trio, my central nervous system would probably execute some sort of armadillo maneuver. And if you were …