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The Dude

12, 2011

I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing. – Jeff Bridges as The Dude, from “The Big Lebowski” American Masters opens its 25th season with Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides giving viewers a window into the [...]

Glenn Gould

28, 2010

“At concerts I feel demeaned, like a vaudevillian.” “Isolation is the one sure way to human happiness.” – Glenn Gould “That nut’s a genius. There is nobody quite like him, and I just love playing with him.” – Leonard Bernstein Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould Airing on WOSU TV: 12/27 at 9:00pm [...]

Good Grief

10, 2010

Charles (Sparky) Schulz said of himself: “I’m not an interesting guy, I’m an ordinary guy.” In this typical Midwestern way (Schulz was a native of St. Paul), the cartoonist who all other cartoonists are measured against saw himself very much as his alter ego, Charlie Brown, the forever-child who wanted to be liked but lacked [...]

Merle Haggard

19, 2010

I was catching a ride with a friend this weekend and noticed a Merle Haggard CD on the front seat. I was surprised because country music is not something I would have ever associated with this particular friend. I was informed, and quite enthusiastically, that Merle Haggard is great and can be listened to for [...]