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A Child of Our Time: Michael Tippett

A Child of Our Time is a secular oratorio by the British composer Michael Tippett (1905–98), who also wrote the libretto. Composed between 1939 and 1941, it was first performed at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 19 March 1944. The work was inspired by events that affected Tippett profoundly: the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee, … Continue reading

La Passion suspendue : Marguerite Duras

Journaliste à «la Stampa», Leopoldina Pallota della Torre rencontre Marguerite Duras en 1987. Il a fallu parlementer longtemps, dit-elle, pour convaincre la romancière, occupée à écrire le scénario de «l’Amant», de la recevoir dans son appartement de la rue Saint-Benoît. La journaliste se souvient de l’avoir d’abord vue «de dos, petite, très petite, assise comme … Continue reading

Notebooks – Albert Camus / Philosophy

I spent a long time looking at faces, drinking in smiles. Am I happy or unhappy? It’s not a very important question. I live with such frenzied intensity. Things and people are waiting for me, and doubtless I am waiting for them and desiring them with all my strength and sadness. But, here, I earn … Continue reading

Plato’s Symposion: Discussions on Love

“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even … Continue reading

Paris before Haussmann by Charles Marville – Photography

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III. This … Continue reading

Jupp Darchinger: Photojournalist & Documentary Photographer

Josef Heinrich Darchinger, surtout connu sous le nom de Jupp Darchinger (né le 6 août 1925 à Bonn et mort le 28 juillet 2013 ) est un photographe documentariste allemand. « Jupp » Darchinger a documenté l’histoire de la République fédérale d’Allemagne depuis sa création. Son style distinctif a fortement influencé le photojournalisme. Photojournaliste indépendant depuis 1952. Cependant, son travail est beaucoup plus que des portraits de politiciens qui sont devenus des icônes de la … Continue reading

Jazz Baroness : Nica de Koenigswarter

The intriguing story of the eccentric Rothschild who turned her back on upper-class life to hang out in New York with the jazz stars of the day. On April 21, 1959, Baroness Pannonica de Koenigs-warter was sentenced to three years in an American prison and fined $3,000. The 46-year-old mother of five had been arrested … Continue reading

Hiroshima 1945 – Rare photo

As you look at the photo, your mind inevitably turns to the people below. What was it like in those first few minutes after the bomb? I asked Wellerstein and he replied: “Most of the direct effects of the bomb are going to be delivered in the first 10 seconds or so — and a … Continue reading

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