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The Journals of Jean Sibelius.

21-Oct-17

At a certain point in my college career I stopped worrying very much about my classes, and decided to get my education directly from the university library.  One of the books I read at the time was Erik Tawaststjerna’s monumental three-volume biography of Sibelius.  I often find that great musicians can also write, but Sibelius […]

Jack Kerouac, Man Who Got It.

07-Aug-12

From Kerouac’s Richmond Hill journals (the area I grew up in Queens): MONDAY AUG. 23 – Told my mother today she ought to go live down South with the family instead of spending all her time slaving in shoe factories in order to earn just enough money to spend on the system of expenses that […]

On the treadmill.

28-Jan-11

“MONDAY AUG. 23 – Told my mother today she ought to go live down South with the family instead of spending all her time slaving in shoe factories in order to earn just enough money to spend on the system of expenses that is our society.  In Russia they slave for the state, here they […]

Reflections of an Artist.

16-Mar-10

“My gift for composition is not the kind which will ever be ‘successful.’  It is far too subjective for that.  When I was a boy I thought I would invent an altogether new art (it would be half-sculpture and half-music, I thought).  I began with sculpture and as you know that turned out disastrously.  But […]

Dreams and Beasts.

01-Feb-10

“Dreams and Beasts are two keys by which we are to find out the secrets of our own nature.  All mystics use them.  They are like comparative anatomy.  They test objects; or we may say, that must be a good theory of the universe, that theory will bring a commanding claim to confidence, which explains […]