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Book Review: Porgy – Part VIII

Dear Readers: In our recap of the story, where we left off:  Bess, practically starving and at the end of her rope, has made one final, desperate attempt to save herself:  She gives herself to Porgy.  In Bess’ world, a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Porgy – Part VII

Where we left off in our recap:  Porgy has become more independent, now he has his goat cart to get around by himself:  “Porgy drove his chariot out through the wide entrance into a land of romance and adventure.”  His … Continue reading

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Dear Readers: Happy Martin Luther King Day!  (I have to get to work early today and I don’t have time for my Porgy recap project, I’ll continue on with that in tomorrow’s post, but I just wanted to say a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Porgy – Part VI

Where we left off in our recap, we saw Porgy’s best friend, Old Peter, hauled away by the cops, for indefinite detension as a “material witness” in the Robbins murder case.  From that, we learned that the American prison system … Continue reading

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Book Review: Porgy – Part V

Dear Readers: It disturbs me a bit when I see some of the hype surrounding the Gershwin production, and “Porgy and Bess” described with the word “inspirational“.  Inspirational?  Really?Just because a work of art features African Americans, that doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Book Review: Porgy – Part IV

When we the readers first meet Porgy, he is just a street beggar.  We know that he is important, because he is the titular character of this story.  But we don’t know what kind of man he is.  He is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Porgy – Part III

Porgy the Man Recall that Heyward’s novel is called simply “Porgy”, not “Porgy and Bess”.  There is a reason for that, and also a reason why the operatic version changed the title, in reworking the source material to be more … Continue reading

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