Is the new design working out OK? Let me know if there are any problems, or if you have any comments or suggestions in general.
I-695 damage to Metro routes begin today. Pick up the new purple schedules and be outraged.
Michael Douglas goes Flash. My sources tell me his newly redesigned site is getting major banner ad placement on AOL.
Pets.com Puppet Auction Closes at $20,100.
I greatly enjoyed PBS's Great Performances Central Park. (I taped it a couple of weeks ago and am
only getting around to it now.) Three one-act operas with librettos by Wendy Wasserstein, A.R. Gurney, and Terrence McNally, all set in Central Park. If you know the names, you can imagine the quality of the operas. (Should I know the composers as well
?) Check out the web site for several articles.
I used to feel inexperienced with opera, and while I'm far from experienced now, I'd like to think I'm getting the hang of it. I could kind of understand why traditional operas would be sung with traditional opera technique, despite the fact that it's
difficult to understand even English words (thank God for stage subtitle systems!). But why, I asked 5 minutes into the first one-act, would a contemporary opera be performed this way? After the first one-act was over, I pretty much figured it out. Co
nsidering the operatic voice as a different instrument as, say, the musical theater voice, it is clear that, like the violin and the viola, they each have their applications. When used properly, such as in Central Park, it is clear the musical the
ater voice would have been inadequate, while the operatic voice was essential to bringing out the emotion in the score.
My last contemporary opera experience was about eight months ago. I was relieved to hear that everyone hated it as much as I did. I can't remember the name of the work, and quite frankly, I don't want to...
Fresh Air, 9/18/1998: Jerry Stahl, on his memoir, Permanent Midnight.
Red Dwarf FAQ. Is it true that American Red Dwarf fandom is primarily centered in Seattle? Weird...