3 deaths… and music

How are you? We’re fine here, although it’s been a sad week, with the news of three deaths, one a generation older, one around my age, and one a generation younger. None of them were family, but all were intertwined in the community of my family. I’m going to be intentionally vague about their identities and my…

Pox, F51

The Boston Globe just published my essay about tennis in their Connections column. If the timing of this seems crazily off, it’s because the contents of this post (and more!) first appeared in my monthly email newsletter in August. If you subscribe, you can get more writings like this delivered straight to your inbox and not miss…

Review: Merrily We Roll Along

The Huntington Theatre recruited director Maria Friedman and two of her lead actors from the 2012 West End production of Merrily We Roll Along to stage the Stephen Sondheim musical in Boston, and for good reason. The show, told backwards in time, about three friends who end with acrimony and selling out, but start with…

A Clemente Course student

If the timing of this seems crazily off, it’s because the contents of this post (and more!) first appeared in my monthly email newsletter in July. If you subscribe, you can get more writings like this delivered straight to your inbox and not miss a thing. Sign up here. With the appearance of the Washington Post…

Men On Boats: a review

Last week I saw a performance of Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men On Boats produced by the Speakeasy Stage Company at the Calderwood Pavilion. All I knew about the production was that it told the story of John Wesley Powell’s voyage down the Colorado River, mapping territory in 1869. And that all the 10 characters — all…

Guest post: Through the sands of Sudan

My friend David is a great archaeologist and I remember his clothes always being filthy. I think those things are related. Remember that old Monty Python skit where old men argue about who had a tougher life growing up? Conversations like that happen on digs all the time, and apparently even after digs. Reading about…