Monthly Archives: November 2011

Roads and Highways (Kundera)

I quote: “Road: a strip of ground over which one walks.  A highway differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. … Continue reading

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Classical Radio needs a new sales rep

It occurred to me while listening to Bay Area classical radio, and again while listening to Los Angeles classical radio, and once again with Austin classical radio: the world of Classical Radio needs a new sales representative. I have long … Continue reading

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Time-Traveling through Age (Eugenides)

A quote: “…I hadn’t gotten old enough yet to realize that living sends a person not into the future but back into the past, to childhood and before birth, finally, to commune with the dead.  You get older, you puff … Continue reading

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Homeland

There are very few things I’m afraid to say to myself.  “I can see myself spending the rest of my life here” is one of them.  Can I see myself spending the rest of my life in Texas?  I’m not … Continue reading

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A Quack’s Quick Guide: Composing

I occasionally believe myself to be a decent composer, and once a certain level of self-satisfied proficiency is achieved, it’s all too tempting to compare oneself to the Greats – …perhaps I’m as innovative as Dvorak… perhaps I have the … Continue reading

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The Relentlessness of Theme

It seems to me that life often arranges itself according to themes, to which independent consciousness (free will, I suppose) is subservient.  Themes and symbols become the Hobbes’ Leviathan of our consciousness; unable to effectively work together, the many voices … Continue reading

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