Last night I read a rather touching essay about Leonard Bernstein. It was by David Hyde Pierce and it appeared in the program for the J. Newsom show at Carnegie Hall. He talked about how he used to take his parents to CH when he was poor and they sat in horrible seats, seats so far forward on the second tier that they couldn’t see the orchestra. But they could see Bernstein’s face, and it was full of light and other conductorly attributes. Anyway, the essay further proved that DHP is a genius of uncommon variety and the world is good.
Monthly Archives: November 2010
Hello friends. Here are some current must-reads, because reading is the best thing to do for your eyes and your brain, and your back and legs too because you can sit or lie down while doing it. Sitting is the best! I have had some of the happiest times of my life while sitting. Anyway:
1. The NYT’s 1990 report of the Charles/Carol Stuart case. Charles allegedly (hah!) shot and killed his preg. wife because he was worried she would never work again and be a financial burden. So he did the logical thing: Killed her, and then made up a sham story about how a black man carjacked them. He even shot himself to make it seem plausible! A few months later he “committed suicide” (In certain cases throughout history, “committing suicide” is mafia-ese for getting whacked –ed) by “jumping off of a bridge.”
Alone on the island, Juana Maria proved quite resourceful. She cast fishing lines with hooks made from shells. She built a hut of whale bones. She replaced her worn clothing with garments made from the feathers of cormorants.
Such a role model.
3. The Good Soldiers is the best book I have read this year. This is how good it is: I started reading it on a train. When I got off the train I had to sit down in the station to continue reading it. I stayed in the station until I was done.
Eleventh anniversary of my appendectomy today
Guggenheim seems to believe that teachers alone can overcome the effects of student poverty, even though there are countless studies that demonstrate the link between income and test scores. He shows us footage of the pilot Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier, to the amazement of people who said it couldn’t be done. Since Yeager broke the sound barrier, we should be prepared to believe that able teachers are all it takes to overcome the disadvantages of poverty, homelessness, joblessness, poor nutrition, absent parents, etc.
Lest we forget, Yeager is now best known for suing his children. Wait a tick, could that be an unexplored salve for America’s schools?
Unrelated: The dietary habits of Brian Williams as revealed through the NYT midterms liveblog.
8:00 P.M. |Carr: The Network Anchor Quiz, Part 3 (Bad Food Edition): What do you eat during the evening?
Brian Williams, NBC: “Banana-flavored Power Bars, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrot sticks, Coke, Red Bull, Propel (grape flavor). I have the food and drink habits of an 11-year-old. Always have. Always will.”
12:42 A.M. |Carr: Network Anchor Quiz, Part 6 … So how do you take your coffee?
Brian Williams, NBC: “Not a big coffee drinker.”