Basic Counterpoint

Composing using counterpoint. Two lines. Excellent presentation of what, if you think about it, is the defining feature of Western music. I wish my lectures had been this clear.

Tidbits from Alexander Pope

A reviewer of Maynard Mack's biography of Pope, writing in the National Review in 1986

Mack offers sound but unoriginal readings of the poems and reminds us that, after Shakespeare, Pope "contributed more to our common language than any other poet." He also examines Pope's astonishing technique and diversity of tone, which ranged from the erotic wit of The Rape of the Lock ("Oh Hadst thou, Cruel!, been content to seize / Hairs less in sight, or any Hairs but these!") and the subtle sensitivity of An Essay on Man ("The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!/ Feels at each thread, and lives along the line") to the inquisitive arrogance of the inscription on the collar of the Prince of Wales's puppy ("I am his Highness' Dog at Kew,/Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are you?") and the savage pride in the power of the satirist in 1738 ("Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see/Men not afraid of God, afraid of me").

The last quotation is interesting. The frail Pope refused to cower in fear of those who might do him physical harm, but he did not venture out without his Great Dane (Bounce) and two pistols.

Roy Moore and Jane Austen

A nice bit of dialogue from the pages of

Person A.  So is the fact that as a 30+ year old man he was trying to pick up 16 year olds not bad enough? Because to me that alone seems to call much of his character into question. Not to mention his weaselly non-denials of this fact but of all the facts around this fact. I guess this will all hinge on what the meaning of is is. Right?

Person B. He was a young man (30) just home from Vietnam who wanted a girlfriend. In Alabama in the 70’s women his age were either already married or divorced. A man in search of a wife pretty much had to turn to younger women. Women have been conditioned by novels and movies to go for older guys for a long time. Lauren Bacall was 20 when she told the 44-yr. old Humphrey Bogart, “ If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Juror Asks, "What's a Senator?"

Bob Menendez juror interrupts deliberations to ask judge, 'What is a senator?': Report

A juror taking part in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., interrupted deliberations Tuesday to ask the presiding judge: "What is a senator?"

U.S. District Judge William Walls refused to answer the juror's question and similarly denied their request for a transcript of the closing argument from Menendez’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, per Bloomberg.