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The First Part of the 18th Variation, as played on board an 03-K64-Firefly transport ship

One of my favorite pieces of music is “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43, Variation 18: Andante cantabile”, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.  I shall quote from the prolific files of Wikipedia: “The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin…  The slow eighteenth […]

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Scars, Symbols, and Stereotypes

When I was four, a neighbor’s dog bit me. It left a scar on the bridge of my nose. Everyone knew having a scar marked you as bad. One look at Slugworth in “Willy Wonka” and there was no doubt he was a bad guy. Frankenstein’s monster had scars. So did James Bond’s villains. Later, […]