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By Dan Rodricks | August 13, 1990
I come not to steal from George Frazier, but to praise him. To render tribute by picking up where he left off, to grope around in the dark for "duende," to find it and to bring it back into the sun. As a concept for a column, duende is irresistible, even if the late great Frazier, and not I, discovered it.Frazier, who wrote for the Boston Globe and Esquire until his death in 1974, first began trying to define duende in 1963. It turned out to be such a good vehicle for his stylish views of the world that Frazier kept on writing of duende, trying to give it a modern context and to help Americans understand it.The orthodox Spanish definition of duende is "hobgoblin" or "ghost."
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Dan Rodricks | August 9, 2014
Nobody asked me, but … the fans who gave Ray Rice a standing ovation before Thursday's preseason game apparently have not read the Ravens' fan behavior policy - specifically, the part that says: "Fans help shape the Ravens' image. " They also missed this: "Have fun, root hard, show respect for the fans around you, but don't be a jerk!" The policy obviously needs to be revised. Along with cowbells and coolers, it ought to prohibit mass displays of obtuseness about domestic violence.
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Dan Rodricks | May 7, 2012
Before we move on to other business, we need to savor that baseball epic on Sunday, when the duende visited the Orioles in Fenway Park. The duende is from the realm of the metaphysical, a certain something that rises from dark corners to imbue flamenco dancers, singers and athletes with perfect skill and grace under pressure. I think I know it when I see it, and I saw it with the Orioles in Boston. I've presented this theory of the duende at work sparingly over the years. To do otherwise - to suggest its presence in a wishful way, without certainty - risks diminishing its meaning.
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Dan Rodricks | May 7, 2012
Before we move on to other business, we need to savor that baseball epic on Sunday, when the duende visited the Orioles in Fenway Park. The duende is from the realm of the metaphysical, a certain something that rises from dark corners to imbue flamenco dancers, singers and athletes with perfect skill and grace under pressure. I think I know it when I see it, and I saw it with the Orioles in Boston. I've presented this theory of the duende at work sparingly over the years. To do otherwise - to suggest its presence in a wishful way, without certainty - risks diminishing its meaning.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 30, 2006
I think what I have missed in life has been the duende. I am always looking for it, but have not seen it lately. Not in years, in fact. The duende is not something you can appreciate in the virtual world. It must be clear and present. You must live within the duende's atmosphere to experience it, and I think we are seeing it right now, as a high-duende system moves into the Baltimore region. Call me the duende meteorologist. Or at least allow me to indulge this duende business again because it has been years for me since I last mentioned it in this space - and what I see happening with Baltimore's professional football team ... I think this is the duende.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 7, 1996
What can we say about Roberto Alomar and that game on Saturday in Cleveland? "Duende" is the word that came to my mind over the weekend, and please allow me to explain. This is not a word to be used casually and, from what I can see in the American press, it is not -- and probably because it takes some careful explaining each time.What is duende? You might say it is charisma, passion, panache, flair, chemistry. It is soul, style, grace under pressure, star quality. But, as the late jazz critic George Frazier put it, duende is all of that "to the nth power."
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By DAN RODRICKS and DAN RODRICKS,dan.rodricks@baltsun.com | January 6, 2009
I believe the male football fans of Baltimore have a major man-crush on Ed Reed. I know. I'm one of them. We're having a bromance with No. 20 for your Baltimore Ravens. The women like him, too, but it's not the same thing. It's a guy thing. I hear guys all the time say how much they "love" Ed Reed. Ed might not think this is very amusing - guys having a crush on him, and the word of that getting around the Ravens dressing room. I mean, already - just 90 words in - this column probably embarrasses him. But I don't care.
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By Michael R. Driscoll and Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer | November 22, 1991
Whether the musical direction of the guitar duo Duende was a smart career choice or a pleasant detour before a severe reality check is something only time will tell. But in any event, Duende has made a goodbeginning.Ensconced at Sam's Waterfront Cafe since August, the duo, also known as newlyweds Todd and Ann Kreuzeburg of Annapolis, hasbeen performing its blend of contemporary acoustic rock, jazz and the classical Spanish form known as flamenco between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. for the Friday night dinner crowd.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 7, 1994
Remember Jerry Breen, the 46-year-old graphic artist who was arrested and fined $70 for eating an Egg McMuffin on a Metro train? We haven't heard the last of him. He's still fighting this thing, and wants his money back. (Breen was also fined $100 for not appearing in court to answer the original eating-on-a-train charge, plus $20 in court costs.) He goes to District Court for trial Nov. 22. The courthouse is located on Wabash Avenue, right near a Metro stop. So, Jerry, a little advice: If you plan on taking the train, don't leave the house without a good breakfast.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 21, 1994
Not for just its name should party animals consider attending "The Night of 100 Elvises," though, as charity bashes go, this one deserves a trophy for best title. Carole Carroll, who deserves a trophy of her own, is organizing the event to benefit Heart's Place Shelter at St. John's United Methodist Church, and the food pantry for the poor at St. Peter The Apostle Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore. The event, at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street, promises 20 -- twenty!
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By DAN RODRICKS and DAN RODRICKS,dan.rodricks@baltsun.com | January 6, 2009
I believe the male football fans of Baltimore have a major man-crush on Ed Reed. I know. I'm one of them. We're having a bromance with No. 20 for your Baltimore Ravens. The women like him, too, but it's not the same thing. It's a guy thing. I hear guys all the time say how much they "love" Ed Reed. Ed might not think this is very amusing - guys having a crush on him, and the word of that getting around the Ravens dressing room. I mean, already - just 90 words in - this column probably embarrasses him. But I don't care.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 30, 2006
I think what I have missed in life has been the duende. I am always looking for it, but have not seen it lately. Not in years, in fact. The duende is not something you can appreciate in the virtual world. It must be clear and present. You must live within the duende's atmosphere to experience it, and I think we are seeing it right now, as a high-duende system moves into the Baltimore region. Call me the duende meteorologist. Or at least allow me to indulge this duende business again because it has been years for me since I last mentioned it in this space - and what I see happening with Baltimore's professional football team ... I think this is the duende.
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By Dan Rodricks | April 3, 2002
BEAUTIFUL. Love that Turtle. But what I want to know is: When does Gary get his picture hung at Applebee's? ... And what about the chancellor's mansion, Hidden Waters? I think that should be Gary's new digs. Do I hear a second? No question about it: The Terps winning the national collegiate basketball title even tops the Orioles beating Roger Clemens - with a grand slam - and the Yankees on Opening Day. But not by much. (OK, OK. It tops it by a lot. But just this once.) A champion's flair It's been a long time since I've detected duende, but I think I've seen it hanging about Juan Dixon's neck.
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By DAN RODRICKS | July 7, 2000
IF I were an official with the state police or the State Highway Administration, I'd order road crews to leave Hon Man alone, and allow his "Hon" tag to stay on the welcome-to-Baltimore sign on the B-W Parkway. How many times do I have to say this? If I were Cal Ripken, I'd get up to bat in the All-Star game, hit a home run and announce my retirement. If I were William Donald Schaefer and I found it "difficult" to talk about taxing Web sales at a time when the economy is doing well and the state enjoys a budget surplus, then I wouldn't.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 7, 1996
What can we say about Roberto Alomar and that game on Saturday in Cleveland? "Duende" is the word that came to my mind over the weekend, and please allow me to explain. This is not a word to be used casually and, from what I can see in the American press, it is not -- and probably because it takes some careful explaining each time.What is duende? You might say it is charisma, passion, panache, flair, chemistry. It is soul, style, grace under pressure, star quality. But, as the late jazz critic George Frazier put it, duende is all of that "to the nth power."
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 21, 1994
Not for just its name should party animals consider attending "The Night of 100 Elvises," though, as charity bashes go, this one deserves a trophy for best title. Carole Carroll, who deserves a trophy of her own, is organizing the event to benefit Heart's Place Shelter at St. John's United Methodist Church, and the food pantry for the poor at St. Peter The Apostle Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore. The event, at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street, promises 20 -- twenty!
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By Dan Rodricks | April 3, 2002
BEAUTIFUL. Love that Turtle. But what I want to know is: When does Gary get his picture hung at Applebee's? ... And what about the chancellor's mansion, Hidden Waters? I think that should be Gary's new digs. Do I hear a second? No question about it: The Terps winning the national collegiate basketball title even tops the Orioles beating Roger Clemens - with a grand slam - and the Yankees on Opening Day. But not by much. (OK, OK. It tops it by a lot. But just this once.) A champion's flair It's been a long time since I've detected duende, but I think I've seen it hanging about Juan Dixon's neck.
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By DAN RODRICKS | July 7, 2000
IF I were an official with the state police or the State Highway Administration, I'd order road crews to leave Hon Man alone, and allow his "Hon" tag to stay on the welcome-to-Baltimore sign on the B-W Parkway. How many times do I have to say this? If I were Cal Ripken, I'd get up to bat in the All-Star game, hit a home run and announce my retirement. If I were William Donald Schaefer and I found it "difficult" to talk about taxing Web sales at a time when the economy is doing well and the state enjoys a budget surplus, then I wouldn't.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 7, 1994
Remember Jerry Breen, the 46-year-old graphic artist who was arrested and fined $70 for eating an Egg McMuffin on a Metro train? We haven't heard the last of him. He's still fighting this thing, and wants his money back. (Breen was also fined $100 for not appearing in court to answer the original eating-on-a-train charge, plus $20 in court costs.) He goes to District Court for trial Nov. 22. The courthouse is located on Wabash Avenue, right near a Metro stop. So, Jerry, a little advice: If you plan on taking the train, don't leave the house without a good breakfast.
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By Michael R. Driscoll and Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer | November 22, 1991
Whether the musical direction of the guitar duo Duende was a smart career choice or a pleasant detour before a severe reality check is something only time will tell. But in any event, Duende has made a goodbeginning.Ensconced at Sam's Waterfront Cafe since August, the duo, also known as newlyweds Todd and Ann Kreuzeburg of Annapolis, hasbeen performing its blend of contemporary acoustic rock, jazz and the classical Spanish form known as flamenco between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. for the Friday night dinner crowd.
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