Tag Archives: aesthetics

Art for Life

It is very easy to think of a house (or any dwelling space, really) as an expression of its builder/designer and/or its residents. The house as a sign (just like one’s car, or the sort of clothing one wears) comes … Continue reading

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“…but it’s all right.”

As I read John Dyck’s “In Defense of Country Music” the other day, I found myself remembering a compliment, thinking of an amazing recording by an amazing woman, and struggling to disentangle the reasons why some of what Dyck said rang … Continue reading

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Idea Time #1: Rhetorical Chicanery!

Today, I bring you Idea Time, a feature of sorts for this blog, in which I semi-seriously consider the various entrepreneurial and scholarly opportunities arising from random stuff in the world. Today’s not-too-terribly-original ideas: getting a little something from 419 scams … Continue reading

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When the Levee Breaks

Recently, I came across a wonderful reminder of past projects in the form of magic shared on Facebook: some television footage from 1965 or so of the magnificent flamenco dancer Antonia (also sometimes listed as Antonita) Singla Contreras, known to … Continue reading

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Duet for Pistons and Gears

I’ve been wrestling with some thoughts about mechanical music and musical machines lately, prompted by two things that came across the ol’ Facebook transom in the last few months: an MIT Technology Review piece from December about musical composition and machine … Continue reading

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Shiny New Scam Tricks!

Today’s scam email from the ol’ Junk folder this morning is some juicy stuff in the ever-evolving literature of the 419 game, although not a new move (examples like it date from at least eight or nine years ago):

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Songwriting, Style, and Habit

I recently wrote a review of a book on song and singing that I quite enjoyed (you can read the pre-pub draft here). I must confess that I struggled with it a bit with writing it, though. Why? Because — … Continue reading

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