Walking Through Istanbul With Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul

On a cloudy December afternoon, Joshua Hammer follows the Nobel laureate from his native Cihangir (once the Greek quarter, later a red-light district, now Turkey’s Greenwich Village) to a lunch cart in a muddy plaza on the Bosporus, across the Golden Horn and past the grand and faded buildings of the late Ottoman government, to a favorite hole-in-the-wall near the Fatih Mosque,

Conductor Gerd Albrecht, 78

Gerd Albrecht

He led orchestras in Denmark and Japan as well as in a number of German cities, and he spent a notable decade as music director of the Hamburg State Opera. Most famously, perhaps, he served a brief and stormy tenure as the first foreign chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.

Duke Ellington’s Lost Opera

Duke Ellington Queenie Pie

“Composers have spent 40 years adapting” what remains of the score of Queenie Pie, “trying to figure out what the Duke wanted for his unfinished opus.”

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Of Course Philip Seymour Hoffman Died Like He Did. But Really…


“He often played creeps, but he rarely played them creepily. His metier was human loneliness — the terrible uncinematic kind that has very little to do with high-noon heroism and everything to do with everyday empathy — and the necessary curse of human self-knowledge.”

Do The Oscars Have Any Morality?


“Together, the two controversies are this year’s contribution to an emerging insistence by many who watch the Oscar process, and some who participate in it, that Academy members should take into account moral, ethical and social factors when marking a ballot or enforcing the rules.”

Why It’s So Hard To Authenticate A Modigliani


“Authenticating art of all types has become more challenging in recent years as a widening circle of scholars and artists’ foundations refuse to offer opinions or publish a catalogue raisonné — the definitive compendium of an artist’s work — for fear of being sued by buyers or sellers unhappy with their conclusions.”

So Software Coders Are Artists (Is That Selling Great Coding Short?)


“When programmers say what they do is just like what writers do, or painters, the error is that they aren’t claiming enough, the fault is that they are being too humble. To compare code to works of literature may point the programmer towards legibility and elegance but it says nothing about the ability of code to materialise logic.”

Have Symphony Orchestras Gotten Too Loud?


“I have no empirical proof, but I’m convinced symphony orchestras have gotten significantly louder even in my lifetime. Hearing loss has become a real danger for orchestra musicians. Next time you’re at an orchestra concert, notice how often players are popping earplugs during performances.”