Before the Soviets shaped their New Man, there was debate over just what he should look like.
Lorenzo da Ponte — a Jewish-born Venetian turned Roman Catholic priest (and playboy) — had a lot in common with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“Even when he didn’t feel religious, he was constantly viewing himself as the product of that lower-middle-class New Jersey immigrant Jewish family.”
“Philip died with his reputation at a kind of pinnacle, and was widely accepted as being one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.”
Frank, even as she is heralded as a voice for the victims of the Holocaust, is underrated as a voice for children.
“We have often in this country understood the white man to be the normative citizen. Their rage is understood as normative [and] rational.”
Ian Buruma implies that women’s anger, expressed on social media, is both unjust and anarchic.
“You had this flourishing of democracy [in] 1918, 1945 and 1989, three great births of democracy and three powerful illiberal counterattacks.”
“Operation Finale” insists on imposing the absolute lack of moral nuance present in the fact of the Holocaust on the rest of history.
Bernstein’s centenary year, which reaches its zenith this Saturday, has not been a quiet one.