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February 4, 2020
  • Roger Scruton passed away this month at the age of 75. Numerous tributes have been published, notable among them being Roger Kimball’s thoughtful appreciation at The New Criterion, Douglas Murray’s at The Spectator, Theodore Dalrymple’s at City Journal, and Edward Feser’s at his blog. I admired him, and am surprised to find that I’ve written about only one of his books in this space: Culture Counts.
  • Tom Stoppard gives a rare interview in anticipation of the premiere of a new play, Leopoldstadt.
  • It’s not often that I find myself onside with Philip Pullman, but I am in this case: the Brexit coin ought to have an Oxford comma.
  • At the American Scholar, Sudip Bose writes about Henry Purcell’s multiple musical settings of “If music be the food of love”.
  • Alex Ross commemorates the 50th anniversary of ECM Records, the coolest record label in the world. ECM has for decades made some of the best records of Arvo Pärt’s music; here is a good account of how those legendary recordings came about.
  • At Vulture, a good story about Terrence Malick’s process in making A Hidden Life.

For an envoi, let’s hear one of Purcell’s settings of “If music be the food of love”. This is Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley:

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