Monthly Archives: June 2013

3 somewhat fell diversions

1. Kick that Alice Munro.  Hard.  Christian Lorentzen in the London Review of Books: There’s something confusing about the consensus around Alice Munro. It has to do with the way her critics begin by asserting her goodness, her greatness, her

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System, oversystem, no system (note 3/3): Macdonald again

In an earlier post I expressed a sort of lack of fealty with Dwight Macdonald, choosing to go along with the editors of Horizon, arch champions of midcult per Macdonald and therefore Macdonald’s sworn enemies.  A pro-Macdonald post today, however,

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System, oversystem, no system (note 2/3): metadata

A brief note on the joys of perverted metadata. I’m a former librarian and the thrill of miscategorizing and mis-tagging my little posts here may be hard to make come across to others unscarred by the profession. Every so often

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System, oversystem, no system (note 1/3): Jacques

I start off a small series of tangentially related notes with an extended quote from one of my favorite books: Jacques knew neither the word vice nor the word virtue. He claimed that we were all born at a good

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Notes on Prog: Transcendent/Annoying (spiral staircase then turn left at the landing then kitty corner to the back hall open the hatch and one of those attic ladder thingies will drop down and you’ll take that to heaven)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Cotillion, 1971) This opens with “The Barbarian,” a keyboard showpiece (not to slight all the flailing and booming underneath) replete with the shifts of tempo, time, key, and dynamics beloved of these

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Czerny*

Miss Cecilia, When I, some years ago, had the pleasure of being personally acquainted with your family, I discovered in you so decided a talent for music, that I am exceedingly rejoiced to hear that you are now really about

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