Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto is not what you thought. Tessa Carman talks about the Bells of Ordinary Time in seven liturgical hours, more or less. Libby Nelson presents Twenty-Five Maps that Explain the English Language, as if such a thing were possible. Linda Rodriguez explains how World War One made wristwatches happen.
The latest over at Dappled Things. One of Beethoven’s composer friends apparently once showed him a manuscript at the end of which he had written, “Finished with the help of God.” Beethoven wrote under it, “Man, help yourself!”