Several years after he wrote his massive and existentially searching Second Symphony, Gustav Mahler withdrew the three separate sets of notes he had issued about it, on the grounds that the music should be able to stand on its own, its meaning instantly clear. And the poetry Mahler assigned to the chorus and vocal soloists in this sprawling work is incisive and illuminating. As Mahler wrote in his text for the concluding movement, "Sterben werd' ich, um zu leben!" (I will die, that I might live!).
When he was just a teenager, Kevin Bacon left home to become an actor. And if our math is right, since that day he's done at least one movie every month. That's not all, though; he's recorded albums, inspired party games and even had a delicious pork product named after him.
We've invited Bacon to play a game called "Six degrees? Schmix degrees!" Bacon became famous for the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game (in which you name any movie star and link him or her to Bacon in six roles or fewer.) We'll ask Bacon three questions about even more unexpected connections.
Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 4:12 pm
Mitt Romney made what his campaign billed as a big economic speech Friday at Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions which can hold 65,000 people.
Photos of Romney's crowd of 1,200 members of the Detroit Economic Club seated at the 30 yard line against a backdrop of all those empty seats didn't necessarily present the kind of image a presidential campaign normally strives for just days before an important primary, in this case Michigan's.
Theologian Lauren Winner was 21 when she became a Christian.
Although she was raised in a Jewish household and had converted to Orthodox Judaism, she says she felt drawn to Christianity. Her surprising conversion is the subject of her first memoir, the bestseller Girl Meets God.
In Winner's new book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, she writes about a spiritual crisis.
Winner, an ordained Episcopal priest who teaches Christian spirituality at Duke University, says it happened around the time her mother died and her marriage collapsed.
This week, weekends on All Things Considered begins a new series called "Why Music Matters": stories from fans, in their own words, about how music has changed their lives. In this first installment, Seattle resident Nathan Hotchkiss reflects on a sheltered childhood.
"My parents were very religious," he says. "I was limited to listening only to Christian music and classical. My father would stay away a lot, and my mother would be wrapped up in her own turmoil, and it would spill over onto me."