Short shot #43: Manhattan sensibility

Not really about language, but it tickled my sensibilities: Stephen Holden’s NYT music column of May 1 about the biographical revue “Sondheim on Sondheim”:

For all his songs’ universality, the Sondheim philosophy is specific and exclusive. Directed toward his own class — an urbane, well-educated, culturally cosmopolitan gentry — his lyrics define what might be called the Manhattan sensibility: humanist, proudly intellectual, psychologically sophisticated, hyper-articulate, liberal, Jewish and disenchanted.

I can but aspire to some of that.

2 Responses to “Short shot #43: Manhattan sensibility”

  1. Debby Says:

    May you be forever enchanted, however.

  2. arnoldzwicky Says:

    Following up on Debby: I’m ordinarily wary about comments that merely say short complimentary things; they’re almost always spam. (I’m getting about 10 spam comments for each real comment. Most of them are triggered by specific words in my postings; at the moment, I’m getting a small avalanche of comments from commercial sites, triggered by the words “shirt”, “traffic”, and “sex”.)

    But, as a perk of being the poster, I get to see the “real names” and e-mail addresses supplied by commenters (sometimes these are obviously bogus, and then I just trash the comments), so I could see that Debby is in fact someone I’ve known for mumble mumble years. Nice to “hear her voice” again, even so briefly.

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