Welcome to the world of art, or mir iskusstva, as they say in Russian. It’s “About Last Night,” the blog that brings you all art, all the time.
I begin by reporting a flat, unequivocal, and unconvincing denial. Remember last week’s posting about the party of drunken classical composers who were sitting around singing Emily Dickinson poems to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme? Well, the wife of one of the composers in question (herself a superlatively good opera singer) writes to assure me that “he was NOT drunk! He cannot speak for the others!”
I also want to pass along a piece of e-mail from one of my favorite jazz pianists in New York, whose message follows in its entirety:
Dude–you are SO bookmarked!
Go thou and do likewise.
Now on to today’s topics, from inverse to obverse: (1) The problem of the vicious critic. (2) A totally irrelevant but amusing exercise in anagramming. (3) Writers’ envy, as described by the envious one. (4) Get jiggy with Rapmaster Sylvia P. (5) How to speak fluent PoMo without really trying. (6) Art Tatum, on the cheap. (7) The latest almanac entry.
Tell a friend about www.terryteachout.com. It’ll add years to your life.