The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov

I ANDREY VASSILITCH KOVRIN, who held a master’s degree at the University, had exhausted himself, and had upset his nerves. He did not send for a doctor, but casually, over a bottle of wine, he spoke to a friend who was a doctor, and the latter advised him to spend the spring and summer in the country. Very opportunely a long letter came from Tanya … Continue reading The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov

About Love by Anton Chekhov

ABOUT LOVE by Anton Chekhov AT lunch next day there were very nice pies, crayfish, and mutton cutlets; and while we were eating, Nikanor, the cook, came up to ask what the visitors would like for dinner. He was a man of medium height, with a puffy face and little eyes; he was close-shaven, and it looked as though his moustaches had not been shaved, … Continue reading About Love by Anton Chekhov

Art needs solitude

“It takes the courage to be there. You run into your own pettiness. Your own cowardice. You run into all kinds of ugly sides of yourself.” There is a history of art and solitude. One cannot exist without the other. A solitary man does not necessarily produce art but, for an artist, solitude is necessary to get closer to his personal truth, to know himself, … Continue reading Art needs solitude

Four poems with bird symbolism by Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Dritëro Agolli

Thinking of “Departures of love, death, and birds” I was reminded of three of my favorite poems by three American writers. In the end, I have added one of my favorite poems about seagulls from a great Albanian poet, Dritero Agolli, and my modest translation. The cover image is “Hierarchical Birds” by Mark Rothko. Caged Bird BY MAYA ANGELOU A free bird leaps on the … Continue reading Four poems with bird symbolism by Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Dritëro Agolli

Contemporary classical ballet

Italy and Germany make a nice combination The contemporary classical music is entitled “Infra 5” by German born composer Max Richter (who has also re-worked Vivaldi’s Four Seasons). The ballerinas, Eris Nezha (Albanian) and Petra Conti (Italian),are husband and wife, former first dancers of the Teatro ala Scala, the internationally famous opera house in Milan, Italy. Continue reading Contemporary classical ballet