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

Baby It’s Contentious Outside

Frank Loesser’s 1944 winter standard Baby It’s Cold Outside is not being played on some radio stations.  While some people insist the song is a classic, the lyrics are especially controversial right now because we’re looking more closely than usual at suggestions of sexual harassment and assault.  Here’s a link to yesterday’s USA Today article, which includes the complete lyrics: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/12/06/baby-its-cold-outside-all-lyrics-controversial-song/2229909002/ I never heard the song until this week, when I learned about the controversy.  Initially, I was repulsed, but I’m trying to keep an open mind.  The song was written more than seventy years ago, when the scenario may have been … Continue reading Baby It’s Contentious Outside