Dory Previn was born on this day in 1925, and despite a lot of adversity and dark times (along with the fame she shared to some extent with her one-time husband Andre), she made it to 2012.

Here’s the song that caught my attention as a lefthander many years ago: “Left Hand Lost,” including one of the less reverent usages of Gregorian Chant:

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.