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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Politics & Policy

It Isn’t Even Past

Bandbox, by Thomas Mallon (Pantheon, 306 pp., $24.95) Time travel is the pornography of eggheads. What reasonably well-read person wouldn’t jump in the Wayback Machine if he could? You don’t have ...

A Whole Cellar of Salt

As usual, Gore Vidal was wrong–Teddy Roosevelt did not have a high, squeaky voice. Go here and you can hear for yourself what he sounded like.
Politics & Policy

Jenni’S Footnote

Here’s a sign of the times: JenniCam, the site on which you can view real-time video of life inside Jenni Ringley’s bedroom, is shutting down on December 31 after more ...

True Confession

I have to admit, Kathryn, that while I’ve never eaten a turkey stuffed with White Castles, I do love the little burgers on their own–in fact, I’ve been known to ...

Back From Paradise

Forgive my protracted silence. I cleared out of New York two days after the blackout, sans laptop and cell phone, and spent a week on Isle au Haut, Maine, where ...

Involuntary Mutism

Looks like that old Corner mojo has worn off. “About Last Night,” my daily diary of the arts in New York, is experiencing severe server problems for the second day ...

The Bellipotent Corner

Not long after I reported on the plight of “About Last Night,” my server finally came back up. Coincidence or causality? You decide.

Do Not Adjust Your Set

Dear Cornerites: If you are also a daily communicant of my arts blog, “About Last Night” (which turned one month old today, incidentally), you may be wondering why Monday’s posts ...

Four-Letter Word

For those in search (like Derb) of printable expletives, Nero Wolfe uses an orthographically ingenious one: “Pfui!”

Increasing Booklessness

Joseph Epstein once wrote a wonderful essay for the Weekly Standard about deciding to sell off most of his personal library. The title (a reverse nod to Anthony Powell) was ...