The Lonely Guy

October 17, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |
(Photo Bert Kaufmann)

(Photo Bert Kaufmann)

Songs in our Heart # 86 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (written and performed by Hank Williams) (released August 1949) [Hank (17 September 1923 – 1 January 1953) wrote some sad tunes, but this is so bleak it bleeds, a classic mournful dirge that rolls along without fuss or overdone production.  Give it a spin but only when you’re feeling upbeat!  ” “Did you ever see a night so slow As time goes draggin’ by The moon just went behind the clouds To hide its face and cry…” x https://youtu.be/4WXYjm74WFI

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Wish We’d Said That

Photo of Wilde by Napoleon Sarony (1882)

Photo of Wilde by Napoleon Sarony (1882)

Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 to 30 November 1900) The Divine Oscar is recalled daily by defamation lawyers, cautioning their prospective clients.  But we prefer to recall his playfulness, his essential kindness, and gargantuan wit. Richard Ellmann, in his biography of Wilde (1987), said of him that he “had to live his life twice over, first in slow motion, than at top speed. During the first period he was a scapegrace, during the second a scapegoat…His language is his finest achievement. It is fluent with concession and rejection. It takes what has been ponderously said and remakes it according to…

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Wake in Fright: Conclusion

October 16, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, Drama Film, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
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October 2017 We have spoken with fervent admiration of the book and the film but nevertheless found some good things in the first part of this television re-make, updated to render the appalling bleakness of the story more palatable, and credible, to a new generation. The point of the original film was its grand mix of hedonism and nihilism, which needed no explanation and would actually have suffered for it. To a more prosaic audience, perhaps (one arguably a trifle less worldly?) more needs to be explained, or constructed. And such scaffolding over the underlying story dissipates its elemental power. Part Two opens with the…

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Birth of Virgil

October 15, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY, Poetry, WRITING & LITERATURE |
Painting of the poet by Luca Signorelli

Painting of the poet by Luca Signorelli

15 October, AD 70: Virgil, the greatest Roman poet, was born near Mantua. His great works are The Eclogues: O let the last days of a long life remain to me, and the inspiration to tell how great your deeds will be: Thracian Orpheus and Linus will not overcome me in song, though his mother helps the one, his father the other.* The mock-rural The Georgics: So, the sun will give you signs of what late evening brings, and from where a fair-weather wind blows the clouds, or what the rain-filled southerly intends. Who dares to say the sun tricks…

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Lettice and Lovage

October 12, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Plays, THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
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(By Peter Shaffer) (Directed by Angela Short) (Adelaide University Theatre Guild, 11 October 2017) Though he is better known for his darker pieces, Peter Shaffer had a big hit in the 1980s with this droll dig at the decline of modern standards, and the often opaque ways of the Heritage Mafia, subjects close to The Varnished Culture‘s heart.  Once again, Shaffer sets rational Apollo in opposition to romantic Dionysus, this time to richly humorous effect. Miss Lettice Douffet is a tour guide at “Fustian House” in Wiltshire, an ancient pile so dreary and unremarkable that it wouldn’t even get a page in…

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