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February and March 2021: Reading Recap

Well, go figure.  The first quarter of 2021 is already behind us, never mind that I’m still having to remind myself on occasion to write “2021” instead of “2020” … (and we’re even a week into April already, but let that go). Anyway, since I never got around to doing a “February in review” post, […]

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Anne Tyler: Vinegar Girl

Sigh.  Well, I have to admit that it’s hard to translate a 16th century play’s spiky, waspish female main character, who at the end of the play seems to make a complete about-face and to submit to a man whom she professes not even to have married for love, into a modern context — and […]

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A Retro Playlist for a First Day of Carnival Party: 1970s-80s Disco & Dance Music

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Task 2: Burn a few calories from the meal above [in Task 1: your First Day of Carnival meal] and have a dance party.  Tell us what songs / artists get your toes taping.  Let’s build a playlist! Let’s go full on retro and make […]

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Creature Comforts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosphy Day: Task 3 How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods? My only salvation in stressful times: Creature comforts.  Lots of them.  And BookLikes! 2019 was a hell of a year in virtually every respect, and I don’t mean that […]

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My All-Time Favorite Gifts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy?  (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – […]

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E.T.A. Hoffmann / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – as arranged by Septura

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker, narrated by Derek Jacobi; with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged for brass septet and performed by Septura (= seven members of the brass sections of Britain’s leading orchestras): One of my Christmas gifts for my mom this year: it got here just in time and since she opened the package not realizing […]

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John Julius Norwich: The Twelve Days of Christmas – Set to Music

Nothing like John Julius Norwich’s version of The Twelve Days of Christmas to get into the proper holiday spirit. Music by Adam Saunders (RTE Concert Orchestra, dir. by Gavin Sutherland); narrated by Joanna Lumley and John Julius Norwich. Enjoy!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2017549/post

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Sleigh Rides

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 2: Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.   On the minus-twentieth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Two Christmas carols, one orchestral dance, one fairy tale, […]

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My Favorite Books with Music as a Plot Element

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Kwanzaa, Task 2: Music is an important part of a Kwanzaa celebration.  Which is / are your favorite book(s) where music plays an important role in the plot?   In no particular order, books (of all genres, except for artist biographies)* that I love where music plays an important […]

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The Beethoven Festival

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Japanese Culture Day, Task 1: Tell us about a cultural festival or event in the area where you live. My home town, Bonn, in 1770 (i.e., 250 years ago next year) was the birthplace of classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven.  While you can’t escape this fact even when just […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Epiphany, Task 3: Compile a post containing one image for every gift mentioned / added in each new verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas (lyrics here: https://www.41051.com/xmaslyrics/twelvedays.html).   [Source]   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   John Julius Norwich: Twelve Days of Christmas – A Correspondence 25th December. My dearest darling, That partridge, in that […]

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Birthday Gifts

BD gifts: My mom gave me a ticket for Bonn Opera’s production of Händel’s Xerxes — a simply riveting, tongue in cheek production setting the story in a dictatorial fairy tale puppet theatre (yes, there is such a thing) — and my BFF raided my Ammy wishlist … as well as adding a few things […]

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Beatles Jukebox

Source: www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6424929116612595712 Got home earlier tonight after a long day and three hours’ worth of sleep the night before, following on the heels of three equally long days (and similarly short nights); finally caught up with three days’ worth of BookLikes posts and am now dog-tired (again). So I thought before logging off I’d just […]

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From Twitter (for the resident Aficionados): Eurovision Acts as Early Modernists

Hooked up at SAA. Are *that* couple in the reading room. Rare Books, but have no reason to be in there specifically. pic.twitter.com/txBpSEHIOL — Kirsty Rolfe (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018   Extremely pure of heart. Works on Shakespeare but doesn’t understand why Shakespeareans can be so mean to one another. Excellent student evaluations. Journals room […]

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Let the cult begin! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The show in full length: See also: From Twitter (for the resident Aficionados): Eurovision Acts as Early Modernists   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1668347/post

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Well, well, go figure …

… who but Bonn Opera’s very own Sumi Hwang got to perform the Olympic Hymn at today’s opening ceremony in Pyong Chang?!  A short interview with her on the experience (in German) is here — she talks about this being a once in a lifetime experience that she’s now privileged to share with the likes […]

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John Julius Norwich: Twelve Days of Christmas – A Correspondence

25th December. My dearest darling, That partridge, in that lovely little pear tree! What an enchanting, romantic, poetic present! Bless you and thank you. Your deeply loving Emily. 26th December. Mr dearest darling Edward, The two turtle doves arrived this morning and are cooing away in the pear tree as I write. I’m so touched […]

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Hygge!

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 7– St. Lucia’s Day Tasks for Saint Lucia’s Day: Get your Hygge on — light a few candles if you’ve got them, pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate/toddy, roast a marshmallow or toast a crumpet, and take a picture of your cosiest reading place. The […]

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BookRiot: Happy 200th Birthday, The Nutcracker!

Source: bookriot.com/2016/12/14/happy-200th-birthday-the-nutcracker   At this time each year, thousands of little Claras across the world pull their Victorian nightgowns over their heads, lace up their toe shoes, and prepare to take their place on stage in one of the most coveted roles for an aspiring ballet dancer. But the history of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet goes beyond twirling […]

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Halloween: Incidental Opera

 … well, sort of.  I’m not sure whether Bonn Opera actually had Halloween in mind when they scheduled the opening night of their production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (based on Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor) – it’s not overly likely, though I wouldn’t put it past them – but it of course fits the […]

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