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The Lockdown Tales

April 13, 2020
A look at the political views of the composer Richard Wagner, an antisemite who was also a pacifist who despised German militarism, an anti-imperialist and an anti-racist who admired Lincoln for ending slavery in the US.
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A hero, when needed

April 13, 2020
Byron needed a hero, and came up with Don Juan. Byron’s version of Don Juan, however, is very different from the hero of legend, or even of Mozart’s D0n Giovanni. He’s passive, and does almost no seducing.
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Harris versus the Assassins

April 13, 2020
I am working on Harris versus the Assassins, a sequel to Harris in Underland. It’s set in Persia in 1879, when Harris was lecturing in law at Heidelberg University.