In Impromptus today, I have an item about Rand Paul and attempts to distance a son from his father. A conservative writes a whiny note, with which I concur entirely (being in a whiny mood):
Dear Mr. Nordlinger,
It is probably impossible to mention anything for which there is not a liberal double standard. I don’t recall Al Gore’s ever being asked about his father’s opposition to civil-rights legislation.
In the Corner not long ago, I mentioned, for some reason, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and her marriage proposal from George Gershwin. A reader writes,
Kitty Carlisle Hart was my cousin’s mother-in-law. My mother treasured having lunch with her once. I read a biography of Thomas Dewey, and he proposed to her too (late in his life). But it was a Green Acres type of situation where he wanted her upstate on his farm and she loved city life.
Ah, Green Acres! Eva Gabor! Arnold! (The pig, right?)
Your post about Saddam Hussein and “Jew composers” reminded me of a comment by one of my Upper West Side neighbors. Several years ago, during a conversation about American popular music, she spat out that Gershwin had no right to compose blues songs because he was “a white Jew.” She teaches at CUNY. Terrific — right?
Who could be surprised? She’s probably chairman of her department.
By the way, odd little fact for you: When Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize (1964), they had music at his ceremony — they the Norwegians. An orchestra (I believe) played selections from Porgy and Bess.