Category Archives: Writing

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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Metaphor

Classes went very well today, though the classroom was as warm as the place where the Denver Broncos went last night! I’ve spent some time today prepping for Wednesday, but also taking time to revisit Aristotle’s Poetics.  His explanation of … Continue reading

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