Monthly Archives: October 2016

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 4

I went to the finale of the International Piano Competition in July.  Three musicians played these two pieces.  The first and third competitors played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2. Here it is performed by Yuja Wang.   The second competitor … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Shortcomings

Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” plays that are, on the surface comedies, but have difficulties that rebel against the comedy.  The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and All’s Well That Ends Well are among … Continue reading

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Kate’s Speech in Taming of the Shrew: Chaste, Obedient, Loquacious?

At the end of Taming of the Shrew, Katherine gives a speech on the role of wives.  The text of the speech urges women to submit to their husbands.  And yet, as many people have pointed out, the length of … Continue reading

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Emma’s Random (Reylo) Thoughts Part 1

Every year or so, I write a post that I believe will be the most controversial post ever on my blog.  This is definitely one of those posts. 1 For those who do not know, a quick background on the … Continue reading

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I like this song.

To paraphrase John Oliver, “My inner ten year old girl is empowered by this song.”

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