Stamboul Train and the perils of sponsorship
Mozart, Così fan tutte. This is an EMI
“great recordings of the century” recording, with Karl Böhm
conducting, and the cast including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,
Christia Ludwig, Alfredo Kraus and Giuseppe Taddei. (I've only
heard of Schwarzkopf before.) The recording was made in 1963.
It features some divine singing, but I’m disappointed that the
choruses are very recessed; it sounds as if the chorus (along
with their own separate accompanying orchestra) are singing in a
- Graham Greene, Stamboul
I think this is the first fiction of Greene’s
that I’ve ever read, and I am very impressed. I know that he
classed it as an “entertainment”, and that it is not as serious
as novels like Brighton Rock, The power and
the glory and The quiet American; but that
doesn’t stop it from being a very exciting “thriller”.
dramatic, full of interesting characters and also very sad. I
hadn’t expected a romance to play such a pivotal rôle in
the story, but it works very well.
To read next:
An anthology of pieces from The New York Review of
Books. I think I got this as some sort of freebie when I
renewed my subscription or something like that.
Hunger Site tackiness
The Hunger Site, which I still
visit every day, has a couple of major sponsors in addition to the
other companies that buy advertising space. Currently, one is Amazon, and the other is a dieting
company called eDiets. I can’t help but think that
having a diet company as a sponsor for a web-page that has the
24,000 die daily. Please click every day is just a