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Great hates 1: Tchaikovsky

By Tom Chatfield  

Hate is never out of fashion. Both in the giving and the receiving, it can be a badge of distinction, a spur to achievement and an act of self-exploration. What do you really believe in – so much so that it can drive you into hatred of someone else or their ideas? How far is it possible to admire deeply or to discern aesthetically without also deciding that some things are ugly, or unacceptable, or evil? And, perhaps most importantly, how far is it ever possible to hate the sin while loving the sinner? These are not questions that can…

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