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BooksCharles DickensLiterature

July 18, 2014

Nicholas Nickleby

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Readers are advised that this post makes the detail of the plot explicit. But you probably weren’t planning on reading the book anyway. My only recollection from reading Nicholas Nickleby in high school is that I liked it. Forty-five years later I understand why I liked it but I don’t see how I got through  Read the Rest…

Ah, HumanityChoir SingingPoliticsSingingSongsTeaching

July 7, 2014

The Ladies in the Lavat’ry

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About 15 years ago there was a massive controversy in The OK Chorale involving a camp song called “The Titanic.” Something similar has come up and again it involves camp songs. Who would have thought that camp songs– camp songs!—would exercise so many people? I have finally realized that what most people call camp songs are  Read the Rest…

BooksCharles DickensLiterature

July 5, 2014

Martin Chuzzlewit

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Charles Dickens is often criticized for creating characters that don’t grow and mature. There are days I might add that in that case, art is merely reflecting life. In any case, in Martin Chuzzlewit the maturation of the eponymous Martin as a plot line is nearly obliterated by the presence of a grandiose fellow who  Read the Rest…