Roberto Bolaño’s “The Savage Detectives” 《荒野偵探》讀後感

by Julia E. Sippel “A writer, we’ve established, shouldn’t look like a writer. He should look like a banker, a rich kid who grows up without a care in the world, a mathematics professor, a prison official …How can young people, readers by autonomasia, not realize that we’re liars?” Thus declared a character in Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives. Talk about self-hating artists! 「作家肯定不該有作家相。要嗎,就得看起來像個銀行家,無憂無慮的富家子弟,數學教授,或是一位獄政官員…. … Continue reading Roberto Bolaño’s “The Savage Detectives” 《荒野偵探》讀後感

Jurowski Conducts 尤洛斯基之夜

by Michael Caruso Vladimir Jurowski, a favorite of both Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and audiences, returned to the ensemble’s podium February 6, 7, & 8 to lead an unusually constructed program in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Reaching back to the beginnings of the German repertoire, then leapfrogging over several centuries, Jurowski combined two works by J.S. Bach with scores by Strauss and Mahler, making a … Continue reading Jurowski Conducts 尤洛斯基之夜

Munich’s Amazing Confections 在慕尼黑遇見神奇甜食

by Chou Fen-ling 周芬伶 People told me there was nothing special about sweets in Germany. To my surprise, in Munich I came across two special treats, one of which is Kaiserschmarrn. My encounter with it was nothing if not serendipity. I was with J, my host in Germany, and we were finishing a simple lunch at a sidewalk bakery café when she called out with … Continue reading Munich’s Amazing Confections 在慕尼黑遇見神奇甜食

“Marseilles” Selected from “Little Dorrit” 馬賽見聞,選自 《小杜麗》

by Charles Dickens 查爾斯·狄更斯 A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than at any other time, before or since. Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there. Strangers were stared out of countenance by staring white houses, staring … Continue reading “Marseilles” Selected from “Little Dorrit” 馬賽見聞,選自 《小杜麗》

Opera Philadelphia’s “AINADAMAR” 《湧淚泉》

by Michael Caruso Opera Philadelphia opened its production of Osvaldo Golijov & David Henry Hwang’s “Ainadamar” (Fountain of Tears) this weekend in the Academy of Music. I caught the Sunday, February 9th, performance and came away mightily impressed by both the work and the mounting it is receiving. The opera is musically arresting and its staging visually compelling. 歐斯瓦多·高利賀(Osvaldo Golijov)和黃哲倫(David Henry Hwang)所編寫的,《湧淚泉》本週末由費城歌劇團在該市的音樂學院劇場(Academy of Music)登場公演。我看到了星期曰,二月九曰那一場,無論劇作本身,或是實際演出,都令人刮目相看。不僅音樂感人,舞台總總,也美不勝收。 Based … Continue reading Opera Philadelphia’s “AINADAMAR” 《湧淚泉》

Philadelphia’s Art Treasures – The Barnes Foundation 費城的藝術寶藏

by Julia E. Sippel In Spring 2012 the city of Philadelphia welcomed one of its brightest jewels along the wide tree-lined, museum-clustered boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Barnes Foundation boasts an eclectic and extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, which include, most importantly, impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings. 二0一二年春,費城綠蔭夾道,博物館林立的法蘭克林公園大路多了一顆最耀眼的寶石。巴恩斯基金會有足以誇耀的藝術收藏,舉凡油畫,雕塑,裝飾藝品,皆博多廣泛,其中以印象派,後印象派,早期現代畫作,最具重要性。 Its founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951) grew up in Philadelphia and … Continue reading Philadelphia’s Art Treasures – The Barnes Foundation 費城的藝術寶藏

The Joy of Tea 喫茶趣

by Carol Yu 潘存薇 Tea is China’s beverage of lore. 茶是中國的國飲。 Tea-drinking as a way to promote health has long been a tradition among Chinese people. By the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE), tea was already considered a cure-all elixir. To cultivate oneself through tea-drinking is moreover an elevated art form. The so-called Way of Tea, or Cha Dao, aspires to an individual’s spiritual … Continue reading The Joy of Tea 喫茶趣

With A Flower. 花中有我

by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson 艾蜜莉•狄更森 I hide myself within my flower, 我將自己蔵在花朵裏 That wearing on your breast, 戴在你的胸前 You, unsuspecting, wear me too — 我也在你胸前–,只是你渾然不覺 And angels know the rest. 這幽幽情愫,只有天使才能體會 I hide myself within my flower, 我將自己藏在花朵裏 That, fading from your vase, 在瓶裏漸漸枯萎 You, unsuspecting, feel for me 我在你心中,只是你渾然不覺 Almost a loneliness. 恰如這般若有似無的孤獨。 Translated by Chou Fen-ling/Fenching Wainstein 周芬伶/周芬青 翻譯 Continue reading With A Flower. 花中有我

The Philadelphians II 風華絕代的費城人 II

by Michael Caruso The Philadelphia Orchestra performed under Guest Conductor Herbert Blomstedt on March 20, 21, and 22 in the Kimmel Center’s Horizon Hall. The program featured Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361, for winds and contrabass, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 68. 費城管弦樂團,於三月二十,二十一,二十二曰,在金默藝術表演中心的威基廳,由客座指揮赫伯特•布洛姆斯泰特(Herbert Blomstedt)帶領演出。莫札特(Mozart)的管樂合奏小夜曲(”Gran Partita” Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361, for winds and contrabass),和勃拉姆斯(Brahms)的第一號交響曲(Symphony No. 1 … Continue reading The Philadelphians II 風華絕代的費城人 II

The Tree House 樹間小屋

by Julia E. Sippel My dad has always been handy. Over the years, he refinished the basement, kitchen, and upstairs bathroom, and readily dealt with a majority of the minor fixes and major repair projects that crop up in our house. But, the tree house was altogether different. It was to be a space that he would build according to his desires, a little like … Continue reading The Tree House 樹間小屋