Category Archives: Art Music and Literature

Blabbering senselessly about art, music, and literature.

A Quack Review: Pornografia

(WARNING:  The following book review has no academic value.  I would say it tries its hardest to rape and butcher the literature of everything important or meaningful, but it really doesn’t try too hard.) It’s not often I read a … Continue reading

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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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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 Limitations of the English Language (Eugenides)

A quote: “Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words.  I don’t believe in ‘sadness,’ ‘joy,’ or ‘regret.’  Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling.  I’d like to have at my disposal … Continue reading

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Why you should try to like Classical Music

I’ll do my best to write this without sounding like an arrogant or pretentious whiney asshole.  It’ll be hard, not just because this is about classical music, but rather because any person trying to claim why other people should enjoy … Continue reading

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The Paradisiacal Idyll of Animals – by Milan Kundera

While discussing what it is we’re looking for in life, a passage of prose by Milan Kundera was brought to my mind. It discusses the sanctity of animals, and how our relations to them are important for indicating what kind … Continue reading

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The Writer vs. Reality

For the 21st century writer, one of the greatest challenges is overcoming the perceived banality of life. It’s not that we lead unexciting existences, but rather, collective creative output outdoes itself more and more on a regular basis. Once upon … Continue reading

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Our War against Cliché

You might not realize this, but you are in a constant battle with Cliché, and you’re losing. We are all artists. I make music. I also write in a blog occasionally. You build relationships. You decorate your bedroom. You fix … Continue reading

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