Terry Teachout

Mr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

Mr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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Tv or Not Tv

I do think Bill must take the prize for moving the public-intellectual idea into the small-screen era. I can’t think of anyone who preceded him (though no one could have ...

Well Before Bill

If you accept what I take to be John J. Miller’s definition of the term “public intellectual”–that is, an intellectual who communicates his ideas to the public at large via ...

The Waugh Is Over

Well, bear in mind for starters that Waugh himself harbored retrospective doubts about Brideshead. Among other things, he thought the prose was overripe–a result, he claimed, of wartime deprivation–and ...

Battle Hymn

The wonderful orchestral arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” performed at Friday morning’s funeral service, with its trumpet fanfares, unaccompanied setting of the verse beginning “In the beauty of ...

A Reagan Memory

I never met Ronald Reagan, and I only saw him in the flesh once (at an NR banquet, appropriately enough). But I did happen to see the Oval Office while ...

Reagan Reviewed

Reagan was proud of his Hollywood career, and would surely have wanted it remembered and mentioned today. It happens that I saw Kings Row for the first time a couple ...