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Zinger here from the diaries of Count Harry Kessler – 6 September 1915:


The man without leisure as the greatest obstacle to culture. The man (be he a staff officer, stockbroker, industrialist, scholar) whose profession leaves no time for him to be alone with himself, and so becomes a man without a soul or a heart. This type is seizing exclusive control of the world for itself. Precisely his competence makes him dangerous.


Salome - BSO - Kim Begley (left), Lise Lindstrom (right), photo Kevin Clifford copyright BSO

Photo by Kevin Clifford, (c) BSO

In other news…reviewed Richard Strauss’s Salome last night, in a brave concert performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. There really shouldn’t have been any empty seats in Symphony Hall. My review is here.

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