Update: Our darling Sophia tells us that this photo was taken in Puerto Rico between legs of the recital tour and not in San Remo. Thank you, Sophia!
Oh, my darlings, how I have missed you! My summer has looked nothing like this image showing Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano on the beach, possibly in San Remo. But I have been keeping busy. A few highlights:
- I have played a minor (very minor) role in preparing for publication an extraordinary book: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon. This is a book that will win major awards as it changes (and enlarges, and heals) hearts and minds all over the world.
- I have been writing for The Forward: pieces about exceedingly beautiful recordings by Arianna Savall and David Greilsammer, and about the film Defiant Requiem. Here are a few more Greilsammer links.
- For Capital New York, I wrote about The Murder of Crows, a work of arresting power, and the new biography of Lorenz Hart.
- I reviewed Kaija Saariaho’s Émilie for The Classical Review.
- I also wrote an article tangentially related to Maria Callas for a national magazine. (More on that when it appears.) And I have a book review forthcoming in yet another major publication.
- And I have been pitching articles until blue in the face (blue in the fingers?) and then pitching some more as part of my campaign to grimper les échelons de la gloire and also, you know, to be able to eat, purchase MetroCards, and do stuff like that.
I’ll be back tomorrow with some music sung by Maria Callas. *bisous*