Whose Vantage Point? And How Much is Our Own Perspective Controlled by it? But I Digress

Disclosure:  This piece appears in slightly different form in a private social media post. Please click the link at the end of this post to read an excellent article in the London Review of Books by Julian Barnes about French Impressionistic painter Berthe Morisot and her sisters, Yves and Edma. The article in the LRB  includes an excellent quotation attributed to Gustav Flaubert: “The story of a louse can be as beautiful as the history of Alexander the Great — everything depends on the execution.” I sensed this piece by Julian Barnes did not embellish unrealistically on the lives of Berthe Morisot or … Continue reading Whose Vantage Point? And How Much is Our Own Perspective Controlled by it? But I Digress

Anyone is a Critic — but Shouldn’t be

I’m not sure what got me started on this yesterday.  It could have been the fact that I was in a bookstore to pick up something I probably won’t have time to read soon. The book is Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson.  Pamela is an Eighteenth Century epistolary novel which I hadn’t heard of until I read Vivien Jones’s 1996 introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I had already finished reading Pride and Prejudice by the time I looked at the introduction.  Ms. Jones alluded to Pamela, and made it clear that the book … Continue reading Anyone is a Critic — but Shouldn’t be

Listening to New Old Music

This month I’ve returned to Renaissance Music. For the uninitiated, the Renaissance Era is sandwiched between the Medieval and Baroque Periods, with some overlap.  A good ballpark figure is 1300-1600 A.D. I understand the Renaissance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, when unspeakable things still happened without question.  However, the period was noted for progress, especially in the arts. In the Twenty-First Century, the preferred method of familiarizing ourselves with early music — or any type of music — is buying some of it on iTunes and listening through earbuds.  There’s also Spotify, other streaming services and CDs.  … Continue reading Listening to New Old Music