Hopefully you can stand one more letter about applause at symphonies.
When I was in high school in Birmingham (the one in Alabama for all you Michiganders) one of my classmates and I went to the symphony. Having played an instrument and having had a lot of exposure to classical music, of course I knew not to clap between movements. However… For a particular piece during this performance, I was informed by my friend, who played the violin and lived and breathed classical music, that the first movement was so long that it was traditional to clap afterwards. (Unfortunately, not even Google can dredge up the name of the piece.) So, the first movement ends and we clap. On purpose. The only two true classical music aficionados in the entire hall. Now THAT’S pretentious. The conductor acted a bit surprised, looked over at us, and began the second movement. I decided not to listen to my friend anymore.p>The Alabama Symphony Orchestra goes out of business every other year. Maybe that flag thing would be a great idea, especially with Talladega down the road. At least I could have hit my friend over the head with it. br> — Andrew J. Macfadyen , M.D. br> Omaha, Nebraska
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?