The Corner

I Have Read Proust! I Have Read Proust!

Cork-Lined Room–now there’s a band I’d go hear.

A History of the American People really is worth reading from cover to cover, though I’d like to rewrite the part about jazz. Still, I’d dearly love to have written a book like that–an old-fashioned large-scale narrative history that reeks of panache.

So who shows me the secret handshake?

Terry Teachout — Mr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of Satchmo at the Waldorf, which has been produced off Broadway and throughout America. Billy and Me, his second play, was premiered by Palm Beach Dramaworks last December.

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