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The Neighborhood, Gone

This little bulletin tells us that “a 13-year-old piano prodigy from Los Angeles brought an Iraqi audience to their feet Saturday when he made a rare guest appearance with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad, a city struggling to revive its once-vibrant cultural scene.” The young man played Rhapsody in Blue. You know, Saddam Hussein had a point. Get rid of him, he said, and in short order they’d be playing Jew composers from New York in Baghdad. Yup.

P.S. One night at the Buckleys’, maybe five years ago, I met Kitty Carlisle Hart, then in her mid-90s. Someone said to me, “Do you realize you were talking to someone to whom George Gershwin proposed marriage?” A fascinating thought.

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