It was a biographical reluctance borne of shame--not shame of Holmes but shame of the academy's own complicity in what Alschuler astringently
calls Holmes' "beatification.
His attractive instrumental sonorities and avoidance of sentimentality give this astringently
lyrical music an almost post-modern freshness.
Belgium is keen to shake off the shadow of last year's dioxin scare, and Tavola will be used by its industry as a platform to show that all safety and quality procedures have been astringently
overhauled and even improved.
As he writes so astringently
, "There is a warning here for those who would read early-modern conditions into the nineteenth-century rural world.
He comments perceptively and often astringently
on dozens of his contemporaries, both European and American - he loved Italy in particular and speaks of many Italian writers and thinkers, including Ignazio Silone, Carlo Levi, Paolo Milano, Salvemini.
The title character of Mary Oslund's astringently
funny Reflex Doll, the linchpin for her new piece, provides a much-needed antidote to the sugary excesses of the holiday season.