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Posts published by “David Yearsley”

Conan and the Vandals

It took another Barbarian to deliver the toughest talk to the Vandals and Goths who sacked the American Capitol last week. Whether any from these…

Artist of Empire (September 2, 1998)

What would Art be without a theory and practice of plunder? It's no accident that the greatest artistic achievements of the Athenians coincided with their…

Songs of the Biden Heart

Much has been made of the playlists of the erstwhile presidential contenders. Back in 2016 Trump’s obsession with winning was given voice by Queen’s “We…

If Only Trump Could Sing

Theodora was Handel’s penultimate oratorio and his least successful. The London premiere came in March of 1750, but the work closed after just three performances.…

Ostalgie (December 24, 2003)

It may be that the interest in and affection for life in the old East Germany is a result of the current German “crisis” —…

First, The Good Newes

Edward Winslow’s Good Newes from New-England published in 1624 in London begins its account in November of 1621. There is no word of the first…

Campus Pandemics, Then & Now

I’ve been teaching a music journalism class here at Cornell this semester. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings over the past eleven weeks I’ve joined eight…

Bach and the Poll Worker

Bach would have been an excellent poll worker, even if in his professional life as a musical functionary he bristled under proto-democratic institutions and civic…

Der Super-Porno (June 11, 2003)

There is nothing like running into an old friend in an airport to raise the spirits. And there, lurking among the smut in a magazine…

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