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  •  enormous loss, but an even more enormous legacy (2+ / 0-)
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    Makes one sad to think how the US was such an attraction for musical, artistic, creative, mathematical, and scientific prodigies for so, so long. Einstein, Horowitz, Fermi, Rubenstein, Stravinsky . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Now, not so much. We attract desperate poor people as we always have, but other people are looking at us more nervously since Iraq and wiretapping and radical "christianity." It reminds one of the Viet Nam war period, when much of the civilized world (and I don't mean that parts with lots of money) looked at us a barbaric aggressor against a nation of rice growing peasants. Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.

    Farewell to a giant. Bracketed by Casals and Ma, Starker is one of the mileposts in the legacy of the instrument.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:08:20 AM PDT

    •  but remember how many were fleeing facism (3+ / 0-)

      in Starker's case, he and his parents survived the Holocaust (he's Jewish) but his two older brothers did not.  He himself spent several months in a concentration camp.

      he was part of a large group after the war known as Displaced Persons, unable to return to their homes, some of whom if Jewish eventually got to Palestine, many of various backgrounds who came to the US.

      We still get many people who are displaced by conflict and strife -  sometimes they are artists and intellectuals, far more often they are merely ordinary folks seeking a better life.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:24:47 AM PDT

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