From Busch to Beinecke
On Wednesday evening my beat reporting brought me to a lecture at the Beinecke in which Professor David Kastan, a renowned scholar and my Shakespeare professor this semester, introduced a guest lecturer in book history. Kastan joked about to what titan of another field he might compare the distinguished guest, suggesting that we might dub »
Wagner: A Polemic Wunderkind
“Master or Monster: Richard Wagner at 200,” an exhibit in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library in Sterling Library, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the German composer’s birth. The display includes letters, photographs, books and essays pertaining both to Wagner’s prolific career and to his scandalous personal life.
From across the Himalayas to Sterling on horseback
A crown jewel sits unassuming among missionaries’ journal entries, aging photographs, handwritten letters to mid-level political officials, and books neither particularly old nor rare: one of the hundred volumes of the Lhasa Kangyur, a translation of the Buddha’s Teachings, that comprises half of the Tibetan Buddhist canon.
America is having a nervous breakdown
Having burst out into a joyous refrain of “Die when you die,” the ensemble suddenly froze, and one performer stepped forward, announcing matter-of-factly, “America is having a nervous breakdown.”