Monthly Archives: August 2013

Albert Murray, RIP

Blessings on Albert Murray, who died on Sunday. He devoted a good part of his writing life to reminding us of the complexities of being an American and celebrating the culture, especially the blues, that makes our lives worth living. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Help

From an interview with Mitsuko Uchida in the Guardian: How would you entice a newcomer to listen to Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto? When you ask a pianist which of the five Beethoven concertos they prefer, they invariably say the Fourth. … Continue reading

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My Brain Isn’t Worth Much

György Kurtág (b. 1926), a great Romanian composer, is being interviewed. Asked “Are you a believer?” he replies, “I do not know. I toy with the idea. Consciously, I am certainly an atheist, but I do not say it out … Continue reading

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