Tag Archives: Giacomo Puccini

manon lescaut: she was venus libertina

Perfide Manon and Abbe Prevost. She was the classic cocotte, he the classic dupe; first the Abbe wrote his famous story, and then he set out to live it… …He began to write a novel, of frenzied passion and bloodcurdling … Continue reading

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the importance of bad art

Bohemia is beyond saving. The lesson being that a basically worthless and mediocre piece of literature can achieve more ill than a good book can ever achieve good. It is a paradox; and there is little power in the art … Continue reading

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TAKE A WALTZ: A Kampf of Bohemian Rhapsodies

Now in Vienna there’s ten pretty women There’s a shoulder where Death comes to cry There’s a lobby with nine hundred windows There’s a tree where the doves go to die There’s a piece that was torn from the morning … Continue reading

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HE SCRIPTED HIS OWN DESTINY

Call it balladeering of the part-time priest.A man caught in all the intensities and entanglements of being suspended somewhere between Demons and the call of Angels. First Abbe Prevost, a sometime cleric ¬†wrote his famous story, then set out to … Continue reading

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