An inventory of all the tabs still open at the end of the day, May 5, 2020, on my Acer Chromebook:
#1 “Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus,” by author Dave Eggers, New York Times | Opinion, May 3, 2020. “All your questions about the pandemic, answered. Sort of.”
#2 “Our message to the class of 2020” by Bill and Melinda Gates, GatesNotes | The blog of Bill Gates, May 5, 2020. “This year’s graduates can help build a healthier, more equal world.”
#3 “Frankenstein” with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature, National Theatre, YouTube “A new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Watch Danny Boyle’s monster hit Frankenstein with Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein.” Actors also swap roles. All free but the 2-hour play closes on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. UK time
#4 The Original Fables of La Fontaine/The Animals Sick of the Plague, Wikisource, Jean de la Fontaine collected fables from around the world between 1668 and 1694, and published them in French free verse.
First line: “One of those dread evils which spread terror far and wide, and which Heaven, in its anger, ordains for the punishment of wickedness upon earth—a plague in fact; and so dire a one as to make rich in one day that grim ferryman who takes a coin from all who cross the river Acheron to the land of the dead—such a plague was once waging war against the animals.”
#5 “The Tiny ‘Country’ Between England and Scotland,” BBC Travel, by Kirsten Henton, May 5, 2020 “For 300 years, the Debatable Lands flourished as an anarchic no-man’s land; not independent, but too dangerous for either Scotland or England to be able – or want – to take control of.”
#6 “List of 10 best touring roads in North America includes one in Croatia,” CroatiaWeek, May 4, 2020. “Driving from Trpanj’s ferry terminal south toward the medieval Walls of Ston requires a cruise on the D414 State Road. Belying its utilitarian official name is some of the most incredible scenery on the Adriatic Sea … Better still, check out the gorgeous Croatian opportunities featured in CroatiaWeek’s Travel section. Get lost in a spectacularly beautiful country from your armchair.
#7 ” ‘Expresso Bongo’ Is a 1959 Satire on the Music Industry With Contemporary Relevancy,” PopMatters, by Paul Duffus, May 4, 2016 Movie stars Cliff Richards as the cat who beats the skins, like, the most! Dig that, Daddy-o.
#8 Cristero War, Wikipedia. “The Cristero War or the Cristero Rebellion (1926–29), also known as La Cristiada, was a widespread struggle in central-western Mexico in response to the imposition of secularist and anti-clerical articles of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico, which were perceived by opponents as anti-Catholic measures aimed at imposing state atheism.”
#9 “The Music of the Beatles” by Ned Rorem, New York Review of Books, Jan. 18, 1968. Still open on my tabs. I wrote about this the other night. A masterclass in sleight-of-hand criticism. It sounds like Rorem has come to praise the Beatles but Brutus did not get in as many backstabs as Rorem does. Admirable, yet vicious, piece of work.
#10 “The Illustrated Man,” by Ray Bradbury, pdf — On the recommendation of one of my brothers. I’m still finishing Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine,” but this is next.
#11 King Author, “Spread the words.” Site offers 10,000 free e-books in pdf and mobi (Kindle) formats — no membership, no fees, no registration, no ads, one-click downloads.
#12 “White House will wind down coronavirus task force in the weeks to come” New York Times, May 5, 2020, To be replaced with “something in a different form,” says Trump. Something you can fit in a body bag, I imagine.
#13 Permanently open tab: Music of Eva Cassidy on YouTube.
And always, this ….
#14 New York City Ballet, “Rubies” from Balanchine’s triptych ballet “Jewels” which turned 50 years old in 2017. The other two dances are “Emeralds” and “Diamonds.” Music for this 22-minute piece is by Igor Stravinsky. From Sept. 19, 2019, “Rubies” features Megan Fairchild and Gonzalo Garcia, with the solo debut of Mira Nadon.
Through May 29, NYC Ballet is presenting two ballets a week coinciding with its now-canceled Lincoln Center season.