Class impAct

Some of my high school classmates are getting together for an impromptu hang soon. I declined, because I have family coming into town and they’ll be here through Saturday. It’s true! It’s also true that they’re staying in another house on the other side of town and I could absolutely go to this reunion if… Continue reading Class impAct

Abject Adjuncthood

I saw this posted elsewhere this morning. A couple of hours spent trimming and raking in the yard gave me time to digest it. I’ve never had a tenure-track position. I haven’t yet taken the time to get a terminal degree—maybe one day, but I didn’t want one a quarter-century ago and I haven’t wanted… Continue reading Abject Adjuncthood

Alternative rhythm

How pattern shapes our perception of rhythm and meter This past Sunday morning I came across a fascinating interactive article by Elisa Gabbert on The New York Times app that studied both a poem by W.H. Auden and the 16th-century painting by Pieter Breughel the Elder that inspired Auden’s work. The painting, called “Landscape with… Continue reading Alternative rhythm

Happy Birthday, John Adams!

My favorite contemporary composer turns 75 today, which means that when I started listening to his music, he was younger than I am now. Yikes. I became aware of the music of John Adams in the summer before my junior year of high school. I was on a twelve-hour road trip to Eastman with Randy… Continue reading Happy Birthday, John Adams!

Long-form Listening

The Sunday NYT Arts & Leisure section this morning featured a multipage compilation of their “5 Minutes” recommendations for listening to classical music. Five minutes is great and I hope it helps some readers make new discoveries. But five minutes of listening can be like looking at just the top left corner of a Monet… Continue reading Long-form Listening