On KUSC

our local classical radio station, the DJ just said (I’m paraphrasing)

if you like the classical music you’re hearing, roll down your windows and share it with your neighbors!

then he said, mild as all hell,

just a suggestion.

KUSC’s website.

Mirga!  I swear I won’t forget

Ottensamer ist clarinet bae.

Clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer’s third solo album is dedicated to the Mannheim School: an 18th-century melting pot of musical revolutionary experimentation.


George Bellows

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New York is in DC

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Cliff Dwellers is in LA.


The Idiot by Elif Batuman

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Friends, this book is brilliant, hilarious and compelling.  I recommend it without reservation.

My galley copy there is banged up because I ripped it in half so I could bring the unfinished half on a trip, and what a delightful companion it was.

Come see me discuss the book with Elif herself at the LA Public Library downtown:

Monday March 20th

7:15pm

Free but get a ticket

Here are some choice excerpts from The Idiot:2  3  5

Patricia Lockwood highlighted one of my fav parts on Twitter:

Elif some years ago introduced me to the street cats of Istanbul: stanbul-cat

And showed me where to get corn:  turkey-corn

Now, I can return the favor in Los Angeles and YOU can join the fun:

MONDAY MARCH 20

7:15 PM

Mark Taper Auditorium – Central Library

The event is FREE but get a ticket.

 


LA after rain

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Looks cool


Oscars Conspiracy Theory

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Let me be clear I don’t really believe this conspiracy.  But I DID think of it.

If Moonlight had won, award would’ve gone to Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, the producers.  That’s who would’ve accepted and given the speech.  White producers winning for a movie directed by a black man about black characters would’ve been a terrible look for an Academy terrified by its own dismal record on representation and diversity.  So, the Academy deliberately staged a mixup.  This had the added benefit of helping the Oscars’ other big problem, people tuning out of the telecast, by making wild unpredictable surprises a part of the experience — “you gotta watch to the very end to see what happens!”

Again, I don’t believe this theory, there’s no evidence for it and significant evidence against it.  Still sharing it.


Speak Out!

WILD response to Hayes’ post on Measure S and California’s ballot cranks.   Very cool.

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Yes!

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Source: the WPA

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Which one of you jokesters

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Ordered me two copies of The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen?

Very funny.

Mission accomplished, it’s next up after I finish Tom Ricks:

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