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I gotta admit, I’m a sucker for a good pince-nez.  That’s why this week’s hottie is Gustav Mahler – conductor, composer, Bohemian dreamboat.
Is it a coincidence that "pince nez" is an anagram for "nice penz?"  I think so.

Mahler lived from 1860 to 1911.  Before his career as a composer, he was a well-known conductor and director, working his way up to the preeminent Austrian concert hall, the Vienna Hofoper (now the Staatsoper).  Because he was Jewish, performance of his music was banned during the Nazi era in Europe, and he was harshly criticized during his lifetime by bigoted reviewers.  His music was rediscovered after World War II and has been widely performed ever since.