For many years I've been doing the Sunday Times Crossword puzzle, for pleasure, which goes beyond the satisfaction of solving to an egotistical sense pride in how much I have stored in the tangled synapses or dendrites or whatever makes the matter in the skull gray. Today, however, I learned something from a clue. It read, "only person to win both a Nobel and an Oscar." Answer, Shaw. Wow, thought I, I didn't know that.
Off I went to Wikipedia [easiest of the several choices that popped up] where I found out how many novels he also wrote as well as much else besides plays that I was familiar with and often bored watching. I saw this picture of the little hut in the backyard where he wrote -- looks the size of most garden tool sheds -- big enough for a desk with typewriter, a chair and supply of paper. Probably a tea kettle. And all that wit and thought came pouring out. Wonderful to contemplate.
ELDER MUSIC: Classical - Various 5 - This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge an...
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