Month: October 2014

From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

Of course Jules Verne is most famous for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a brilliant piece of speculative fiction that predicted, perhaps self-fulfillingly, numerous scientific advances of the 20th century. Of course he wrote other extraordinary novels that continues to fascinate and inspire readers to this day. From the Earth to the Moon is not one…

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What to Make of Mozart’s Bad Boy? Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera

What to Make of Mozart’s Bad Boy? Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera

Don Giovanni is tricky. Yes, the character plays tricks, but that’s not what I mean. At least for me, Don Giovanni is a tricky opera. An opera with the hashtag #MozartsBadBoy has immediate draw; the actual experience is complicated by the fact that in this story seduction is interchangeable with rape, and it was written…

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Six Years Later

Six Years Later

I have also benefited from the top-notch medical system in the Puget Sound region. Without it, I might not be walking, and my daughter would have a different face. But like Jennie, I am also concerned at America’s often cavalier attitude towards maintaining its health system (and infrastructure in general), allowing quick profits for private…

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Reykjavik Calling at Neumos

Reykjavik Calling at Neumos

Only a couple of weeks before Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik Calling is a consolation prize for those of us who don’t have tickets to Reykjavik. The concert, hosted by KEXP and Iceland Naturally at Neumos is part of the annual Taste of Iceland event. It is a collaboration between Icelandic and local musicians that exposes a…

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