George Bernard Shaw and the Fight for Pygmalion

"Don't talk to me of romances; I was sent into the world to dance on them with thick boots--to shatter, stab, and murder them." -- George Bernard Shaw.  (His Collected Letters) The basic facts are these: George Bernard Shaw wrote the play on which the musical My Fair Lady is based  99 years ago, in 1912. …

Thoughts on “My Fair Lady”

[Caveat:  I wrote the following over the weekend before I'd had much a chance to read up on Shaw's take on things.  Now I know more.  Tomorrow I'll return to this theme.  What follows in this post is uninformed and rambly, but I'd still be interested in seeing a production that came at the play …

Artistic Desire, Artistic Torment

So my friend wrote a comment on my post entitled "An Artist's Prayer" that read something like this: "How do you know the difference between artistic desire and artistic torment? It seems one and the same some days." Honestly, I'm not sure what she meant in asking the question, but given my mood today, it …

The Limits of Language: Beauty

I don't know when "the beautiful" became so important to me.   Was it an idea or an experience?   Notions of truth came first, primarily because of a religious upbringing, and the good wasn't on my radar for many years, at least not as a concept. But somewhere along the way, "beauty" came along …

The Fight for Ideas, The Fight for Survival

So I went outside for a couple of days, attacking a weed-infested garden tract in my backyard, and allergies rose up and hammered me toward a sinus infection, which I'm currently refusing to bow to. Perhaps it's an appropriate penance for the sin of neglecting this nice little piece of ground that could be used …