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July 20, 2005

Hear Hear for the Two Tims (and Daniel and Mark and...)

I agree with Donald about the two Tims. In fact, if you look around the US at coverage of the puzzling Baltimore Symphony story, several critics have weighed in with some conjecture about what to make of the situation.

But I think this is an example that belies Peter's earlier point about separating the functions of critic and reporter. The reason the reporting on this story has been interesting is because it is being written about by people who have a good sense of the context and can speculate. I wonder if a reporter or feature writer would do as well.

I appreciate the difficulty of mixing the roles, but the trade off seems worth it if the intent is to explain what's going on. Also, doesn't covering the world the music exists in in addition to the music itself give both the critic side and the reporter side the kind of broader perspective we were talking about earlier?

Posted by mclennan at July 20, 2005 06:45 PM


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