Summer Reading: Music Books

Ever since I got back from college, where I didn't have nearly enough time to read for pleasure, I've been devouring every book in sight. This was fueled by several trips I have made to used bookstores, which are currently my favorite place in the world. I'd highly recommend them if you don't frequent them … Continue reading Summer Reading: Music Books

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Characters in Classical Music

In a post I wrote a while ago about theme and variations, I mentioned that you can view that musical genre as the story of a main character going through different settings. After a recent re-reading of it, I realize that the same can be said of just about any piece of classical music, in … Continue reading Characters in Classical Music

How to Write a Timeless Story, According to Fairy Tales (or: a Lengthy Post About Why Stories Don’t Need to be Lengthy)

What makes a story timeless? Is it the characters that remain identifiable, for anyone anywhere? Is it the enduring themes that deal with moving human truths? Is it iconic images that remained inked into the consciousness of each passing generation? And at what point  - what age must a story have - for it to … Continue reading How to Write a Timeless Story, According to Fairy Tales (or: a Lengthy Post About Why Stories Don’t Need to be Lengthy)

“A Quiet Place”: Scares, Sacrifice, and the Terror of Silence

What if the sounds you made could kill you? That's the premise for the film that came out just last week, A Quiet Place - in John Krasinski's scintillating and terrifying directorial debut film, sounds are deadly and all daily tasks (shopping, eating, speaking) become potentially lethal. I had the wonderful opportunity of seeing it … Continue reading “A Quiet Place”: Scares, Sacrifice, and the Terror of Silence