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It is the epitome of The Beatles’ master building, of fitting stone upon stone, each section troweled together with such ingenuity and care that upon completion the whole thing feels seamless, a structure not built at all, but a whole that simply was. …
The song has so much happening that when I casually listen I feel the accumulated effect, but attempting to really figure out what’s going on, I fear may take the fun out of it. Liking songs is risky. They are aural fireflies, and you can get too close and lose them. If “A Day in the Life” is about anything, it speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people. It’s Ulysses in a pop song, the typical day made unforgettable.
Keep reading here, as Dawidoff unpacks what is going on in the song and how the Beatles wrote it.
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1. On average, tuition at private U.S. colleges increased by ____________ percent between 1995 and 2015.
In our June 2017 issue, Barbara Bradley Hagerty wrote about a new clinical approach offering hope for children diagnosed as psychopaths. In response, a reader shares a painful family story:
I am 72 years old, but reading this article I recognized my little sister (from whom I’m estranged). Her difficult childhood fit well the description in this article, but fortunately it lacked engagement with criminal justice. Our parents, average at best, were out of their depth with their daughter—seriously out of their depth. She abused pretty much everybody, and my parents abused her right back. It did not work. She welcomed punishment. She also could be angelic and manipulative. Much later, I decided to have no more to do with her because she could turn on anyone and bite hard (metaphorically). Despite her ability to be charming and interesting, I decided the price was too high.
Happy birthday to Kathleen (the same age as Singin’ in the Rain), Cece (twice the age of YouTube), and Maricel’s brother (a year younger than Game Boys). Happy birthday to Kathy (twice the age of TheOprah Winfrey Show) from her sister Barbara, and to Seth (a year younger than James Bond) from his wife, who’s also named Barbara. Happy birthday to Jan (twice the age of CD players), who reflects: “I work in IT. My current position did not exist when I was born … The changes in technology, and the corresponding changes in our culture, never cease to amaze me.” And happy birthday to Adam (twice the age of Twitter) from his aunt Mary Pat, who writes, “I’m curious how much change he has seen.” See it for yourself here.
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