Tag Archives: Beethoven

Sick-Bed iPod Shuffle

I had surgery on Saturday. My mother’s been here helping me. Hopefully my health problem is now solved. Fingers crossed, y’all, I’ve been living with this horrible situation since 2013. And I already had surgery for it in 2010. It … Continue reading

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Snowy March iPod Shuffle

The last month has represented a Revolt of the Machines. My printer bit the dust. My computer did as well and I am currently working on a laptop with a completely wiped hard drive and I need to have it … Continue reading

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The Books: A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing, “Beethoven” by H.L. Mencken

Next up on the essays shelf: A Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of His Choicest Writing, by H.L. Mencken After reading all of the essays that come before, it is a shock (and a pleasure) to come across the section … Continue reading

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Accepting the Random-ness of Shuffle

It’s been a difficult month. And a good month. My mother was here with me for a while, which was awesome. I have been reading a lot, writing a lot, watching a lot of movies, and working hard. The Shuffle … Continue reading

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iPod Shuffle

This is for Jason. I am getting ready to take off on my long-anticipated trip on Friday and have had a busy week where I managed to go to the beach 3 times already. Which means an ongoing iPod shuffle. … Continue reading

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Odets on Beethoven, once again

Entry from Journal April 12, 1940 Perhaps the main activity of the romantic, often idealist, is that of giving, that of offering himself up, of throwing himself at the world. The trouble beings when the world coldly refuses him. Nothing … Continue reading

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Odets on Romanticism (Beethoven, Haydn, Stendhal)

Entry from Journal March 25, 1940 Life was mysterious and impressive to Beethoven, and like a true artist, he was gratified when it showed his face to him. The caprice of fortune he understood very well, the uncertainties of life … Continue reading

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Odets: on “form”

Entry from Journal March 24, 1940 Form, form. I go crazy when I hear some of these goofs say I have no form! Debussy had no form? Certainly not — he had none of Beethoven’s form! And some of Beethoven’s … Continue reading

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Odets: Beethoven vs. Brahms, old forms, new forms

Entry from Journal March 24, 1940 You cannot live in old forms, or work in them, when your life has brought you ahead to a new point. Try better to keep a child in last year’s coat. It is simply … Continue reading

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Odets: On Beethoven and Cezanne

Entry from Journal January 27, 1940 Perhaps this constant uncovering of the self is one of the prime impulses in the creative mechanism, it and the constant effort to relate the self to persons, things — a woman — outside … Continue reading

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