Category Archives: Writing

Forthcoming Article

The upcoming issue of The Organ, a quarterly from “across the pond,” will feature a substantial article by me on the topic of Carson Cooman, the gifted organist and composer in residence at Harvard.  It’s been a pleasure delving into … Continue reading

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Iced

In ordinary speech, when I say “iced tea” it comes out sounding virtually identical to “ice tea.” That’s because of the two consecutive dental consonants, the voiced D followed immediately by the unvoiced T. Mind you, I am thinking of … Continue reading

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Fountain Pens

I really like the Goulet Pen Company.  They actively promote the culture of the fountain pen, which I have always loved. Here is a blog post from their website about writers who prefer fountain pens to computers. Hooray!

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Two Spaces After a Period

Use two spaces after a period.  Period.  That’s what I learned since I was taught typing at St. Mary’s (thanks, Bro. Lawrence!).  I have always felt that a double space after a period lightens the text a bit, making it … Continue reading

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Bluebirds, Robert Frost, and a Keen Eye

In “Two Tramps in Mud Time,” Robert Frost observes the moment when A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight And fronts the wind to unruffle a plume… Another edition has “…turns to the wind…” instead.  No matter. I am struck … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

From the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “I think that Aldous Huxley utters the loud truth when he says, in Point Counter Point, that industry can never substitute for talent. There exists, especially in the American mind, a sort of proud confusion … Continue reading

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On Being Less Stupid

Ta-Nehisi Coates has an article in the current Atlantic, titled “Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War.” What an excellent bad example of a title. Coates just called you, me, and everybody else who reads English … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk Tonight!

If you’re in New York City and not otherwise occupied, why not attend a wonderful orchestral concert for free? NYUO2 –one of NYU’s two symphony orchestras–is opening tonight’s concert season at the Frederick Lowe Theater on West 4th Street, just … Continue reading

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Mind Your Thees and Thous

You may possibly have noticed that, even when freely translating something and not simply quoting, I often prefer to use the old pronouns, like “thee” and “thou.” I don’t do this if it’s a colloquial conversation, or in an email, … Continue reading

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Just Published

Several reviews in the new issue of The American Organist (August 2014). A book on Bach by Russell Stinson, titled J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument; the new Breitkopf edition of Bach; and a new organ composition by Calvin … Continue reading

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