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Posts published by “David Yearsley”

The Gent From Ghent

In the first of the four volumes of Thomas Nugent’s Grand Tour of 1749, that hefty guidebook required of aristocratic British travelers to the continent,…

The Comic’s Kosky

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe occupies a five-acre site in the center of Berlin. Until 1990 the area was in the No-Man’s-Land…

Cold Songs For Kit

How to get the kids to dig the bard? The pandemic devastated theatre and cinema, but by the time Covid struck the young folks had…

Songs of Oz

One quick and easy way to go American is to lose the diacriticals. Born with a suspicious Umlaut, Mehmet Öz does business on tv—whether as…

The Well-Tempered Clavier at 300

Accessibility of knowledge was crucial to the Enlightenment. That ethos was embodied in the celebrated Encyclopédie of Diderot and D’Alembert, the first of its seventeen…

The New Errors of Downton Abbey

The crux dozen minutes of Robert Altman’s Gosford Park of 2001 unspool at the pace of parlor song. A real historical character—the matinee idol and…

Scott Joplin Had Wall Street Down

A parallel survey of the historical soundtrack and stock market crashes reveals that musicians are not deaf to the beat of the financial markets…

Slippery Slope

Ithaca, New York — Snowflakes had been falling two weeks ago, but Wednesday brought blue skies and temperatures in the 80s to Upstate New York. Classes…

Toots at 100

When I sat down this morning to write my column on my laptop, the day’s Google Doodle greeted me. There was a colorful tableau of…

Cruel & Unusual Handel

On Wednesday South Carolina’s Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution by firing squad of Richard Moore, a 57-year-old Black man who has been on death…

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