Another FB conversation I want to save

[ This is not a thread I started. I’ve tried to delete links that would invade people’s privacy.]

It’s the birthday of composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).

The Ride of the Valkyries, by Richard Wagner, in a classic recording with Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Vienna Philharmonic. Illustrations are by Arthur Rackha…

    • A: I cannot celebrate the life of a rascist and influence on Hitler..
    • B: A discussion (one among many) of Wagner’s anti-Semitism is here:
    • C:  If I can’t listen to Wagner, must I also sell my VW (if I have one)?. Just sayin’
    • C: VW was, afterall, the Hitler car.
    • M. R.: It’s part of a complex conversation that will never end. Whatever the historical twists and turns, the music of Wagner causes emotional and psychological distress to many people in Israel and elsewhere. That pain should be acknowledged and honored. I, for one, will probably never sort out my feelings about the work of T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound that I enjoyed and admired long before I knew of their anti-semitism. Some things even touch my way of seeing the world. What about those “Petals on a wet, black bough”?And lord knows, the entire canon of American lit. is shot through with casually vicious racist references to and descriptions of blacks, Asians, Native Americans, etc. And yet it’s part of the intellectual and cultural house in which I live.

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