In Impromptus today, I talk quite a bit about the Nobel Peace Prize — specifically, the award this year to Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese dissident (who sits in prison, almost needless to say). A few days ago, I published a letter from a reader who said he wanted a Liu T-shirt, similar to the Che Guevara T-shirt. If we have T-shirts for totalitarians, why not for anti-totalitarians? Let me share with you what a reader sent yesterday:
“Mr. Nordlinger, your readers can go here and download either a black version or a white version of Liu Xiaobo’s image to have printed by a T-shirt printer of their choice. The file type is EPS, so not everyone may be able to view the images, but I guarantee it’s the best file choice for any T-shirt printer. There is also a JPG showing what the T-shirts would look like.”
Also in today’s Impromptus, I have an item on Dame Joan Sutherland, the great Australian soprano who passed away over the weekend. More specifically, I write of a talk I had with Marilyn Horne earlier this week: The great American mezzo was a dear friend of Sutherland’s, and a frequent stage partner. Ever see “Joan ’n’ Jackie” in action? (“Jackie” is Horne’s nickname.) That was something. There are many videos on the Internet, and I link to one in my column. Such things remind us: There was a reason for the fuss.
In my Tuesday column, I had another item on Sutherland — an initial item. And I mentioned that it was interesting that two legendary sopranos had come from Australia, a very big place with a very small population. The first legend, of course, was Dame Nellie Melba. And a reader wrote me, “I know there are three dishes named after opera singers: peach Melba, turkey Tetrazzini — and for the life of me, I can’t think of the third.”
In fact, that may be my aspiration: a Nordlinger Knockout at the Dairy Queen or something. Frankly, I wish Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch were named for me. There’s an inspired creation. (Never mind that they’re Communists.)