Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) – Frank Lloyd

Although I’d seen this film several times before, I was looking for respite in some oceanic artistry, and so returned to watch Charles Laughton. Unfortunately, and despite Laughton’s fully convincing depiction of Bligh, upon which the film largely depends, the film fails narratively, as its screenplay turns solely on the act of mutiny. As historical…

J.S. Bach – Cantata 136, at Trinity VIII

The cantata considers themes of mortal hypocrisy and divine judgment. The cantata’s bass recitative first bewails the ubiquity of impurity, then insists, in arioso, that, nonetheless, in Christ one comes to righteousness and exaltation. And so, as is explained in the duet, difficult but in apostolic 12/8 metre, for tenor, bass, and strings, all of…

Beef or Chicken Broth Soup with Bean Sprouts

Ingredients 1L water 1 cube Knorr beef bouillon 2 small cubes (blokjes) Maggi bouillon tsp ground Korean red pepper 2 tbsp dried vegetable flakes 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped greens (kale, collard greens, spinach) 2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts 75g soft tofu Method Set water to boil. Add bouillons, red peppers, chopped greens. As…

J.S. Bach – Cantata 95, at Trinity XVI

Cantata 95 (1723), a fine work, is infused with great intensity of the longing for death and the repudiation of mortality. Its fifth movement, an aria for tenor, is of exquisite and astonishing beauty, and certainly one of Bach’s masterpieces: Ach, slage doch bald, selge Stunde, den allerletzen Glockenschlag! (Ah, strike quickly, blessed hour, the…

Proust: From The Guermantes Way – Chapter One

… our cruellest adversaries are not those who contradict and try to convince us, but those who magnify or invent reports which are liable to distress us, taking care not to give them any appearance of justification which might lessen our pain and perhaps give us some slight regard for an attitude which they make…