Cher Public

  • Camille: There’s that fellow Jimmy López, who wrote Bel Canto for Chicago Lyric and of which I’ve not heard a note. Then there... 9:30 PM
  • PCally: Lulu has a special place in my heart ever since I saw the christine Schafer DVD, still the finest available after all these years... 8:19 PM
  • Camille: Blimey! Cor! Blast it, armerjacquino!! What have you done here? You are upsetting the natural order of things here in parterria!... 7:44 PM
  • Camille: Yes she was, you are so correct. It was a déluge for nothing has ever been the same. My grandmother, who lived through the entire... 7:33 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Franz Ferdinand’s wife, Sophie Chotek, Duchess of Hohenberg, was such a beautiful and dignified lady. Their... 7:17 PM
  • Camille: PC–As it happens, the one and only time in my life I managed to catch the wonderful Ms Lear was precisely in 1968, in the... 7:17 PM
  • Camille: That’s okay as I really don’t care much for those high E things–they sound like hiccups. I just wondered where... 7:06 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I would not be at all surprised to see Zednik onstage in some small roles next season (the season book... 7:04 PM

The end of glasnost?


When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the mantle of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, a palpable change was felt in the air, from Novosibirsk to East Berlin. Words like glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) began to replace the gradually outmoded Leninist philosophies that had become warped under Stalin and Andropov. The possibilities were palpable, and soon manifested into thousands of Muscovites calling for Gorbachev to resign in 1990, following the latter half of the decade teeming with what David Remnick aptly described for the New Yorker as “argument, truth-telling, irony, hysteria, and scandal” on state television.   Read more »