Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.
A farmer embraces his dog in his stonewalled field on Inishmore Island in Ireland, March 1971.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic Creative
This beautifully captures the feeling that I had when we visited this very place last month.
Pure innocent bliss.
Must go back soon.
Today we’re playing an excerpt of Terry’s interview with Elaine Stritch, a performer lucky enough to have debuted songs by Noel Coward and Stephen Sondheim, and to have been coached by each of them. She died last Thursday at the age of 89.
Stritch used to describe herself as “a Catholic, diabetic, alcoholic, pain in the ass.” Her Broadway career began in 1946. She was Ethel Merman’s understudy in the Irving Berlin musical Call Me Madam in the early 50s, and starred in Noel Coward’s 1961 Broadway musical Sail Away, in a role that he expanded to suit her large talent. In 1970 she co-starred in the Sondheim musical Company, where she sang what became one of her signature songs, The Ladies Who Lunch. In 2002, she was on Broadway in her autobiographical one woman show Elaine Stritch At Liberty. In 2010, she replaced Angela Lansbury in a revival of Sondheim’s Follies. TV audiences knew her from 30 Rock playing Alec Baldwin’s mother.
Terry spoke with Stritch in 1999, when she was starring in a revival of Sail Away, in honor of Noel Coward’s centennial.
"I am a woman and when I think, I must speak."
—Laura Teresa Marquez
Having heard it, I can vouch that it’s every bit as wonderful as Garden State PLUS some. It’s a beautifully crafted effort from him. I won’t put him in a league with Cameron Crowe by any means because that’s the pinnacle of soundtrack mastery and he is the end all, be all for me but Braff’s definitely got a gift for it.
Ernest Hemingway, born 115 years ago today, shoots his cat – moving short read.
Cecilia and the Satellite
for all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you