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  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Anti Anti
    It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news. There is little doubt that the old systems are breaking down and being swept away. Technology is part of it. So, too, is the feeling that somewhere along the line we got sold not just a lemon, but a whole damn lemon grove. Of course, we push back. This country does that. We are told how to vote, wha…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Anti Anti
    It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news. There is little doubt that the old systems are breaking down and being swept away. Technology is part of it. So, too, is the feeling that somewhere along the line we got sold not just a lemon, but a whole damn lemon grove. Of course, we push back. This country does that. We are told how to vote, wha…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Anti Anti
    It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news. There is little doubt that the old systems are breaking down and being swept away. Technology is part of it. So, too, is the feeling that somewhere along the line we got sold not just a lemon, but a whole damn lemon grove. Of course, we push back. This country does that. We are told how to vote, wha…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Anti Anti
    It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news. There is little doubt that the old systems are breaking down and being swept away. Technology is part of it. So, too, is the feeling that somewhere along the line we got sold not just a lemon, but a whole damn lemon grove. Of course, we push back. This country does that. We are told how to vote, wha…
  • Susannah Schouweiler updated the Article Anti Anti
    It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news. There is little doubt that the old systems are breaking down and being swept away. Technology is part of it. So, too, is the feeling that somewhere along the line we got sold not just a lemon, but a whole damn lemon grove. Of course, we push back. This country does that. We are told how to vote, wha…
  • Duke Ellington should have been America’s Composer Laureate, and his band should have been our national orchestra, with a hall of its own and a place in the nation’s cultural life in perpetuity.  Judged on the depth and breadth of his achievements, his music should have been treasured and supported, but in his last years of life, he was out on the road, playing VFWs in North Platte, struggling to keep his band playing at great personal cost.  And, I would argue, despite recent reevaluation…
  • Camille Erickson updated the Article Scabs
    I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC, to the point that I am one of those people who chafes at use of the general category “classical” to describe it. I have been the boring guy at parties who points out that to place all orchestral music, piano music, opera, and chamber music for 400 plus years in the same category is a diminishment to the music and its composers and performers. But I love classical music. That’s not to say there’s no tension. Jazz and classical music may occupy the same territory --…
  • BURIED IN SOME BIT OF EPHEMERA ABOUT HOW A MAN SHOULD BEHAVE as he ages from his twenties to his forties, Esquire magazine recently announced that "jazz has been dead for decades." Actually, that claim has been around almost as long as jazz itself has been, and while it is ridiculous, it also raises some uncomfortable questions. Chief among them: If jazz is vibrant and healthy, why have the Walker and mnartists.org asked me to write about the form in the hopes of getting more people to listen? B…
  • THERE IS A BAR IN NEW YORK CALLED THE EAR INN. I like it. It goes a ways back, and it reminds of my favorite bar (maybe in the world), the Clown Lounge in the basement of the Turf Club (more on that in a minute). But that Ear got me thinking. This might be the best time for the distribution of original music, ever. Artists are no longer dependent on the patronage of nobles, the control of radio, or the record industry, and music is no longer prohibitively expensive to self-produce. But, the prob…
  • Camille Erickson updated the Article City Bumpkin
    I THINK I AM A PRETTY NICE GUY. I prefer not to offer my opinion on many things, and I would rather not say much that's too critical. Actually, that is not so much a matter of my niceness as it is my indifference. If you want to listen to crap, go ahead -- I don't care. Frankly, I don't always spend my own down-time on great novels, meticulously made fresh food, and challenging, beautifully shot cinema. Sometimes, I eat Chipotle or order a cheap pizza. And I laughed, hard, at Step Brothers. But …