The Speech We All Know—Or Do We?

getty Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is the most famous speech in American history. It is a speech that virtually all Americans have heard of, and that more than a few of us know by heart. And yet on this, its 150th anniversary, how well do we really know it? Continue reading The Speech We All Know—Or Do We?

Verdi Uncensored

verdi Giuseppe Verdi, whose two-hundredth birth anniversary we celebrate this Thursday, is famous as a composer of immortal operas.  Also for the bitter battles he waged with censors to get his operas performed. As often happens when an artist squares off against the censors, the artist has the last word. Continue reading Verdi Uncensored