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Barbarism, part 2

I want you to imagine what it takes to be good at something. There’s a figure of 10000 hours being thrown around a lot these days — I think Malcolm Gladwell was the one who put it about that it … Continue reading

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Barbarism, part 1

Man, I’ve done a lot of stuff in recent weeks. But I’m not going to write about any of it. (One thing I did was see the Chicago Lyric’s new production of Parsifal, which was shattering and which I am … Continue reading

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Technologies of Experience

In response to my post on the Hand Experiment from last week, main dude and friend-of-the-blog Graham Larkin wrote, tongue presumably in cheek, that he “can’t wait to see what body part features in the next installment.” Well indeed, why … Continue reading

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The Hand Experiment

So I’ve promised to talk about what matters to me in the study of the arts. My fundamental idea here is a simple one: what we experience is always more than we can put into words. Place a hand on … Continue reading

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We are all hipsters now

Here is an extraordinary essay on my book. Elizabeth Newton, formerly a musicology student at IU and now at the CUNY graduate center, talked to me at length and edited some of my utterances (including some slightly insane ones) into … Continue reading

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Gabe Lubell: Studies in Light and Sound

Dr. Gabriel Lubell is probably a genius. I can’t be sure, since I don’t know if I’ve ever met a genius before, or how I would know if I did (do they wear special rings?), but I’m guessing that someone … Continue reading

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_Counterculture Colophon_ and the pleasures of real stuff

The first thing I wrote after finishing (completely, totally, and finally finishing) my book this summer was a review for the Los Angeles Review of Books of Loren Glass’s Counterculture Colophon: The Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde. Like my own … Continue reading

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