Mirabile dictum: Virgil Thomson

"Dancers are auto-erotic and entirely without conversation."

So said Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) whose quick wit informed his dual careers as composer and music critic. Thomson lived a full and fascinating life and - lucky for us - described it all with delectable aplomb. For more, you could start here. (Many thanks to the brilliant GG for introducing me to Mr. Thomson.)

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