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Work Like a Soul Inspired
o, and with a jeté en tournant our little column is back at the mill. The very brilliant Harvey Silverglate and I have published a memorandum of history and law on the fiduciary duty; my friend Joseph Asch (of Dartmouth, then Yale Law, then Bain—so clever) is authoring what appears to be a comprehensive guide to righting the S.S. Dartmvthensis. His pro bono spirit has not left him. Jacob Baron, who elected to leave Hanover a year early, is off to London for a graduate degree, and will be in from time to time; and we should have the pleasure of some introductions of new writers in weeks to come.
I myself have been weighed with work—personal, professional, and extracurricular. Some of it will pique our readers’ interests, and that bit will be revealed in time.
In the meantime, in between time, ain’t we got fun? This economic wretchedness (the entirety of which, I happily brag, has been bled out of my portfolio by a well-timed investment in Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, the mad-cap French conglomerate with a Finnish truffle hound’s nose for combustible Middle Eastern cash) has brought me to a series of Depression-era music. Some of the American Songbook’s finest pages are dog-eared from the low 1930s, when the hotel dance bands of the twenties added sad whinnies from cupped cornets and long minor drags from fiddles. There is a healthy catalog of escapism, of brooding, of longing—all terrific music still finding favor with modern performers.
Of the changing complexion of Depression-era bands, more anon. For now, let’s have a piece from Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields: “Pick Yourself Up,” from the 1936 film Swing Time. Here are Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, worrying not one whit about their 401(k)s.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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