• “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness”

    “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness”

    A new production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame opens at the Irish Repertory Theatre in February 2023.

  • Cunk on Netflix

    Cunk on Netflix

    Diane Morgan’s glorious idiot streams in the US beginning on Tuesday, January 31.

  • Back to basics

    Back to basics

    On the last (in a few senses of the term) play I wrote.

  • Like father …

    Like father …

    Theatre seems to be a family affair.

  • Opera as high (and low) drama

    Opera as high (and low) drama

    Listening to Giordano’s Fedora.

  • Mr. Flood’s Party

    Mr. Flood’s Party

    Today would have been my father’s 93rd birthday. Born on January 4, 1930, George W. Hunka departed this vale of tears on October 24, 2008, and at his funeral I read one of his favorite poems, “Mr. Flood’s Party” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, which I reproduce below as a tip of my hat — or, […]

  • The Golden Ring

    The Golden Ring

    The 1964 BBC documentary The Golden Ring gathers together many of my enthusiasms into one 87-minute film: Wagner, Vienna, analog recording, and whatever pleasures all of these entail. Nearly sixty years later, it’s now a historical document of a particular moment in time, art, and technology, a portrait of one of the greatest recordings ever […]

  • Schopenhauer on Beethoven

    Schopenhauer on Beethoven

    In seeking some solace over the past few days, I’ve been dipping into a little music now and again, specifically Wagner and more specifically Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Opus 132. The quartet is rather famously that to which T.S. Eliot felt a strong affinity as he was composing his own Four […]

  • The analog way

    The analog way

    I mentioned the other day that I’ve been enjoying the Solti Ring, and enjoying it the way it was originally meant to be enjoyed, on vinyl LPs. This, and a few other preferences for an analog versus a digital way of life, may be a form of nostalgia, sure, and I’m as guilty as the […]

  • Aesthetic appetite

    Aesthetic appetite

    Today’s New York Times brings Pete Wells’s three-star review of Markus Glocker’s new restaurant, Koloman, in the Chelsea district. My wife and I are particularly delighted about this, since we’ve actually been enjoying Glocker’s restaurants for almost fifteen years — since 2010, when he was the chef de cuisine at the now-shuttered Gordon Ramsay at […]