Monthly Archives: October 2017

which came first …?

    “… in much commentary, there is a tendency to look at every work in a given form, such as sonata form, as just one more example of that form, perhaps with a few quirks. From a composer’s perspective, … Continue reading

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Edward Hirsch on walking

    “I love the leisurely amplitude, the spaciousness, of taking a walk, of heading somewhere, anywhere, on foot. I love the sheer adventure of it, of setting out and taking off. You cross a threshold and you’re on your … Continue reading

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highfalutin hogwash; pseudo intellectual inanity; pernicious pomposity, perverse pontificating (take a hike, Spiro Agnew! you too, Bill Safire!)

    Two things are pertinent to this post — form a background to it, so to speak. First, this past March, I wrote a blog post: “Racism Rears Its Ugly Head”   about objections to a painting by … Continue reading

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heritage, and intimacy

    “A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” [Elvis] Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored … Continue reading

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incarceration, death

    re: “How Rikers Island and the failing justice system killed this public defender’s young, opioid-addicted client” by Anisha Gupta New York Daily News October 21, 2017     *****************************************************     a letter to the editor:   … Continue reading

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words on the chopping block

    Why do people in emails and so forth nowadays close with BEST? Best what? Are they embarrassed or do they think it’s too formal to say BEST REGARDS? Or, as an alternative, BEST WISHES? Which one is it? … Continue reading

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“You saw Tuna, of course?”

    Robert Benchley, ‘Throwing Back the European Offensive’     The American humorist Robert Benchley (1889-1945) has been one of my favorite humorists since way back — since my high school days, as a matter of fact. His sort … Continue reading

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