It’s a little song about a fishing girl, but there are many ways to sing it. SUSAN YOUENS considers the lovely possibilities on The Necessary Show.
In Concord, Massachusetts, the nature-loving scribe is “our Henry,” but it still surprises me to read about his seeming lack of promise. BY BRUCE MORGAN
Her love of music inspired CAROL KRAUSS to invent a whole new style of painting. By David Brittan
The brief lament of a fan who has known the sport’s beauty and drama. BY BRUCE MORGAN
BY TAYLOR McNEIL
Collecting Japanese woodblock prints began as a hobby. Later it became a way of surviving.
BY STEVE NETSKY
Nothing captures old-world cityscapes like a good vintage travel-photo book. But my cell phone comes close.
BY DAVID BRITTAN
After a dreadful incident, Robert Frost’s “Birches” was my link to the real world. Only months later did I figure out what the hell he was talking about.
Can music inspire you to excel at your work? The Nobel biologist BRUCE BEUTLER is convinced Bach has made him a better scientist.
BY HUME VANCE
Vladimir Nabokov, conjuror with words, had a magical gift for turning sights and sounds directly into language, with no filtering
BY CATHERINE O’NEILL GRACE
The Beatrix Potter-inspired paradise she dreamed about during chemotherapy couldn’t possibly exist in real life. Could it?
BY W. GEORGE SCARLETT
▸THE NATURE OF ART (AN OCCASIONAL SERIES)◂ Adults and young children have very different ideas of what art is all about.
BY REBECCA KAISER GIBSON
Robert Frost’s “Directive” guides you toward the ruins of a simpler, truer time
Not into opera? Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” with its blend of sexual intrigue, class rebellion, and beautiful tunes, is a painless way in, according to MYRA DURKIN.