"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Piano
© The New York Times
April 19, 2019

Last fall, we asked our writers and editors, and some of our favorite artists, to select the five minutes or so they’d play for friends to make them fall in love with classical music.

Choosing was hard, but we loved it so much that we’re bringing it back — this month, with the goal of persuading those same curious friends to love the piano, the most powerful and protean of instruments. We know you’ll make memorable discoveries, and we hope you enjoy.

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"What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?"

Ways to Save the World
by Kate Aronoff, © The Progressive
April 18, 2019

With all the doom-and-gloom studies that have come out about climate change, you might be feeling a little guilty about your carbon footprint. Did you turn off the lights when you left for work this morning? Or leave the air conditioner running?

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"Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."
––W. H. Auden

No more excuses – Israeli voters have chosen a country that will mirror the brutal regimes of its Arab neighbours
Robert Fisk, © The Independent
April 11, 2019

So now I guess we’ve all run out of excuses. Bibi Netanyahu’s Israel will not be a new and more right-wing Israel. It’s been that for a long time. It’s the propaganda that’s going to fall to bits. The only democracy in the Middle East? Give me a break.

I think Israel now looks much more like its Arab neighbours. It dominates its own Arab minority, and its new prime minister has promised to annex much of the territory legally belonging to their fellow Palestinian Arabs – the very colonies built on lands which have already been stolen for the majority Jewish population in Israel.

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"Every year, our white intruders become more greedy, exacting, oppressive, and overbearing. Every year, contentions spring up between them and our people, and when blood is shed, we have to make atonement, whether right or wrong, at the cost of the lives of our greatest chiefs and the yielding up of large tracts of our lands."

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