Where’s Batista Now That We Need Him?

Fulgencio Batista
Fulgencio Batista, 4/21/52

The recent death of Cuba’s Fidel Castro has got me thinking: I am starting to miss the glorious days of Presidente Fulgencio Batista. Continue reading “Where’s Batista Now That We Need Him?”

Peter Bates

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A Stirring Il Trovatore by the St. Petersburg Opera

The St. Petersburg Opera presented an Il Trovatore that met all the requirements of a classic Verdi opera production.

Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)
Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)

IL TROVATORE. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Cast: Michael Morrow (Manrico); Alexandra Batsios (Leonora); Claudia Chapa (Azucena); Christopher Clayton (Count di Luna). Stage Director: Karl W. Hesser; Costume designer: Glenn Breed; Conductor and executive director: Mark Sforzini. Produced by St. Petersburg Opera.

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Best Poems Ever about Illness

Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg
Perpetual Care by Susan Eisenberg

Poet Susan Eisenberg has published three previous books, all worth reading, all notable for their lack of pedantry and abstractions affecting so much poetry today. Her poems are immediate, dramatic, and firmly rooted in day-to-day reality. With this fourth volume, she reveals something personal you’d appreciate knowing about. She is unwell: a cancer survivor, she also has lupus, an insidious autoimmune disease you can read all about in Wikipedia. So what does she do? She writes about it. How? Astoundingly well.
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An Affliction of Many Dimensions

My Father's Eyes by Mary Bonina
My Father’s Eyes by Mary Bonina

Perhaps this book is too modestly titled. True, it does begin as an account of the author’s father and his struggles with failing eyesight, as he falls victim to the hereditary disease of retinitis pigmentosa. In the opening scene he takes the author, a six-year old, for a seemingly harmless ride in the family car. Soon it is revealed that he can barely see the road and almost has a traffic accident. Continue reading “An Affliction of Many Dimensions”

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A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory

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Reconnaissance by Mark Pawlak

You may learn a lot about botany when you read Mark Pawlak’s Reconnaissance, his newest volume of verse. “No way!” you say. Continue, dear reader. Continue reading “A Reconnaissance Deep into Poem Territory”

Peter Bates

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Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice

Faith Justice
Faith Justice

In 2013 Faith Justice listed her book Hypatia: Her Life and Times on Amazon, both in Kindle and paperback format. In 2016 it appeared in the The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (FL) as an e-book, both in MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Apple, etc.) format. How? Continue reading “Self-Publishing E-Books: An Interview with Author Faith Justice”

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Review of Blu-ray Recording of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt)

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Cecilia Bartoli et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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Review of Mozart’s Complete String Quintets DVD

Mozart's Complete String Quintets
Mozart’s Complete String Quintets
Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Mozart’s Complete String Quintets by Renaud Capuçon et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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Review of the Seven Deadly Sins by Brecht & Weill

Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Deadly Sins
Here’s a review of a recording of The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com). Continue reading “Review of the Seven Deadly Sins by Brecht & Weill”

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Review of Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág

Kafka Fragments
Kafka Fragments
Here’s a review of a recording of Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com). Continue reading “Review of Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág”

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