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Day: July 13, 2016

Sophia’s acidic wit

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Posted in categories: Quora

In my Antipodean bonhomie, I have asked the no-nonsense Sophia de Tricht if I can call her Soph. Starting at https://www.quora.com/How-do-bel… The exchange went swimmingly: —The last person who called me Soph won’t be playing the violin anytime… well, ever —So when I sold my violin and took up the mandolin a couple of years […]

Why is Symphony of Psalms considered neoclassical?

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Posted in categories: Music

Lazily: because Stravinsky wrote it at the time he was writing his Neoclassical stuff. The Symphony of Psalms does not have the obvious shoutouts to the Baroque or Classical period that Pulcinella or Oedipus Rex does, and in parts it sounds closer to his earlier Russian period. It certainly ostinatoes like early Stravinsky. Good catch, […]

Have people of Mediterranean descent living in the Anglosphere reappropriated the word “dago” as self-identification?

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Posted in categories: Australia

Wogs is the Australian equivalent; and yes, emphatically so, although it’s starting to be dated now, as Greeks and Italians go into third generation. There was overt reclamation in the 90s, though the residue left is more a matter of the more-assimilated using it against the less-assimilated. See Wikipedia on Wog. JM Cortese speaks for […]

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