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The Great Dictator

Although this Chaplin movie isn’t considered one of his very best, its satire and characters are so good The Dictator could meaningfully fit in at any time in history. At our present time as a wave of -isms – populism, racism, separatism, nationalism, even trumpism – is a dominant force across the western world, Chaplin’s …

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kiss me, kate at the bbc proms

Kiss Me, Kate at the Proms

COLE PORTER | KISS ME, KATE – John Wilson and his orchestra are joined by a spectacular ensemble of singers and dancers from Broadway and the West End for a unique performance of Kiss Me, Kate at the BBC Proms.

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Dylan Thomas | Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Dylan Thomas’ famous poem was written during a visit to Florence, Italy, in 1947. It was published four years later, in 1951, only two years before Dylan Thomas himself died at the age of 39. The poem is written as a villanelle (nineteen lines, divided into five tercets every other line rhyming, and a concluding …

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That One Sentence

  Like many kids I too received piano lessons as a child. Growing up in a small village, there were only two teachers offering lessons, one being an elderly spinster who, always dressed in black, had a striking surplus of facial wrinkles. Her skin appeared dry, yet peculiarly shiny and lacking in elasticity. Her fingers …

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Socialist? Conservative? Liberal? It’s all within.

The following article written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges reflects so many of my own ideas and perceptions, I decided to copy and paste the article in its entirety. The article first appeared on Truthdig.com, Sept 7, 2015. The real enemy is within If you are not dedicated to the destruction of empire and …

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Tarkovsky on Art

What is art? “Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life – love and sacrifice.” “Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if …

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