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George Washington Plunkitt
by | Jul 30, 2013

“Awake my furies, a dream is calling!” So says the ghost of Clytemnestra, as she summons The Furies to avenge her murder in Aeschylus’s great tragedy, The Oresteia. This past weekend, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts…

by | Jul 24, 2013

Trapped in the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik revolution, Russian playwright and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov endured a tortured existence in which his work was censored or banned. Reduced to poverty, and in constant fear of “disappearing,” he was forced to…

by | Jul 1, 2013

Dr. George Washington Plunkitt, our prize-winning political analyst, has recently retired from a staff position with the House Ethics Committee and is working on volume five of his memoirs, tentatively titled The Audacity of Trope. But he has graciously consented to…

by | Jun 7, 2013

For those unfamiliar with dance history, the Ballets Russes was the legendary Russian ballet company that at one time included Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky, created a riot with its premier of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and gave George Balanchine…

by | May 31, 2013

Dear George— The thing that I miss most about private life is that I had time to write. Just when critics began to see my literary talent, I was swept up in the 2008 election … and the rest is…

by | May 10, 2013

When my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I said tickets to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Ring of the Nibelung, which is being produced three times this season to celebrate the 200th anniversary…

by | Apr 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Plunkitt— Normally, senators and congressmen name a bill based on what they hope it will accomplish. For instance, the Patient Protection and Affordability Act purports to make health care more affordable. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act purports…

by | Mar 31, 2013

Plunkitt— Woe is me! I am but a machine: ingenious in conception, immaculate in construction, flawless in commission…but a machine nonetheless! I am a means, not an end; an empty vessel into which my master’s will is poured; a mere…

by | Mar 4, 2013

Dear Mr. Plunkitt— The last few months were surreal. When PBS funding became a political issue, it felt too close to home. Then when Mitt Romney called me out by name during a nationally televised debate, I almost fell out…

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