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Miles Davis: Ace Of Baseness

Must the virtuoso but virtuous? In The Republic Plato answered the question with an emphatic, uptight: yes. Most moderns by contrast are blithely willing to separate, as necessary, the musician…

Bad Day At Black Rock

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s big win in the New York Primary this past Tuesday, the electoral map — in the color scheme adopted by the New York Times…

Ithaca To Berlin with Hank Mobley

It took me sixteen hours door-to-door in automobile, plane and subway train to get from my house in the center of New York state to this apartment in the center…

George Martin & The Greatest Song Ever Produced

George Martin & The Greatest Song Ever Produced

The creativity and craft of George Martin, the celebrated Beatles producer who died this week at the age of 90, is to be heard nowhere more radically and radiantly than…

The Hollowness Of Loss

The Hollowness Of Loss

I first met the celebrated American composer Steven Stucky not in Ithaca, where we have both lived for the past twenty years, but in Los Angeles on February 26, 1995.…

Beyonce’s Superbowl Formation

Beyonce’s Superbowl Formation

When the Super Bowl turned fifty in Silicon Valley last Sunday the nation and the world yearned for a display of the latest developments cooked up in the high-tech ‘hood…

Reading Room Blues

I’ve always loved the reading rooms of great libraries: the busy hush of research underway; the reluctance of old pages being turned; the furtive glances at the mysterious materials laid…

The Politics Of Hillary’s Playlist

The Politics Of Hillary’s Playlist

The challenge was announced six months ago in the heat of the hottest summer on record. A fearless few and a foolish many answered the call immediately. Within minutes trauma…

The Banal Musical Themes of Alexandre Desplat

The Banal Musical Themes of Alexandre Desplat

Why, if a film is meant to be as historically accurate as possible, should its soundtrack be allowed—even encouraged—to be flagrantly out-of-sync with the times and styles being portrayed on…

Sophomoric Violence & Onanistic Self-Love

After the warmest North American December on record, Old Man Winter has finally made his appearance in Upstate New York. With the natural world in full, furious retreat, the seasons…

The Curious Case Of Carter Burwell

How does a punk-rockish performer experimenting his way through the New York scene of the 1980s end up pasting together a languid soundtrack for a period-piece melodrama involving sumptuously-suited lesbians?…

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