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Terry Teachout, R.I.P.
Terry and I exchanged emails from time to time. He sent me a very kind note when I reviewed his wonderful biography of Louis Armstrong. He was a great critic. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and may perpetual light shin upon him
Terry possessed an extraordinary talent, all the more extraordinary because his life’s work was a defense of the value, meaning, and profundity of ordinariness. A child of small-town Missouri, he was someone who made a study of every topic that interested him and, with his passion for completeness, achieved a greater level of expertise in matters of high and popular culture than just about anyone in America.
His output was beyond prodigious. His love for the transformative power of art was transcendent. And his love of country, like his love of family, was as deep as the deepest of wells. Terry’s COMMENTARY contributor page can be found here. It, too, is a deep well of glory. May he now be reunited with his beloved Hillary and his beloved parents. The rest of us who knew him and loved him must soldier on
was marked by a philosophical, non-political conservatism. That might be rare, but is it extinct?
I fell asleep Thursday night rereading Terry Teachout’s essays about Willa Cather, Aaron Copland and Whit Stillman, among others, and I purposely choose the word “essay.” Terry’s pieces were originally written and published as reviews or articles in magazines and newspapers, but his sensibility – that idiosyncratic melding of learning, experience and emotion that make up a writer -- lent them more substance than their origins might imply. The poet W.S. Di Piero notes that “‘essay’ has embedded in it ‘assay,’ ‘weighing,’ ‘testing,’ ‘proofing,’ ‘trying out.’ ‘attempting.’”
SIGNS OF LIFE IN CANADA! RCMP member sent on unpaid leave writes this powerful letter you must read.
Remember, you only have 11 months and change to prepare the Romanian Christmas Gift the would be totalitarians have on their wish list.
An interesting collection of threads from web gem Ask MetaFilter, compiled by Phil Gyford (also a web gem), e.g. "Easy reads with literary flourishes", "Ikea, but like, the *good* Ikea", and "Nurses! What’s on your feet?"
Only That I Were an Official Person! Lapham’s Quarterly