One of our more unusual vice presidents, Dick Cheney, has been in the news again. I combined two photos of him for this portrait, done back when he was in office.
Entries from June 2014
June 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments
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June 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments
I write musical acronyms by taking the first beat of every measure from a given piece. For the first one, I chose Haydn’s sparkling piano sonata in C major, XVI/35. The result keeps much of the character of Haydn, but is shorter and a bit more abrupt. It’s still surprisingly coherent, though; Haydn’s clarity shines […]
June 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment
I’ve always felt sorry for Jesus’s brother James, destined to be overshadowed. But then, he wasn’t crucified, either. Here are the first four verses of six.
June 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments
I found a musical cipher on a tearsheet from an old encyclopedia, so I wrote a quatrain to try it out. This is what it sounds like.
June 8th, 2014 · 8 Comments
Translating verse is difficult enough; it’s harder to try to retain the rhyme and meter. Some paraphrase is always required, but it often comes closer to the original poem than a more literal rendition. It is, at any rate, a challenging writing exercise. Here’s my version of a verse by Jean de la Fontaine, from his […]