…and weeklies gorgeously illustrated with portraits of young women who had recently been manicure girls, not very skilful manicure girls, and who, unless their every grimace had been arranged by a director, could not have acted in the Easter cantata of the Central Methodist Church; magazines reporting, quite seriously, in "interviews" plastered with pictures of riding-breeches and California bungalows, the views on sculpture and international politics of blankly beautiful, suspiciously…
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During the war he decided he wanted to become a composer and write oratorios and cantatas.
"It’s from Cantata 147, the one that in English has the title Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring."