Category Archives: Opera

Death of the Hero

We’re not used to stories about failure, and they’re hard for us to understand. Continue reading

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What Wotan Wants

“It seems hard to sneak a look at God’s cards. But that He plays dice is something that I cannot believe for a single moment.” Continue reading

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Why Siegmund?

‘Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it.’ Continue reading

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And don’t bump into the furniture

er-Z-o-G- ich euch -K-ühn, -Z-um -K-ampfe -Z-u -Z-ieh’n, -SCH-u-F- ich die -H-e-R–Z-en euch -H-a-R–T- und -SCH-a-R–F-, dass ihr -W-ilde-N- -N-u-N- -W-ei-N-T u-N-D- -GR-ei-N-T, we-NN- -M-ei-N- -GR-i-MM- eine -TR-eulose s-TR-af-T-? Continue reading

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University Challenge Strategy Guide Part One

Nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of facing Paxman under studio lights with the cameras rolling. Continue reading

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Orally Fixated

I’ve read every single Maigret novel, and yet I couldn’t tell you a single detail about any of the plots except that he often goes into a bar for a marc. Continue reading

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Not racist but.

“Opinion was divided between whether A A Gill was a brilliant writer or a complete prick, as if the two are in some way mutually exclusive.” Continue reading

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