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On Monday night at Avery Fisher Hall I saw a wonderful Wozzeck. Alban Berg's brilliant opera was conducted concert-style by Esa-Pekka Salonen; it featured Simon Keenlyside as Wozzeck and Angela Denoke as Marie, and had the whole Philharmonia Orchestra and Westminster Choir onstage behind the nine soloists. I have a great deal to say about this semi-acted-out performance--especially about the way the music and even the setting allowed Keenlyside to triumph in his wrenching role in a way that the Met's Tempest, a much more fully staged production, did not--but what I have to say can't fit into this space.  So I will save all those ideas for a Threepenny Review article.  There are some things, apparently, that print can still do better than blogs.

But there are definite virtues to this form too--virtues of immediacy, of concision, of instant correctability, of necessity mothering invention--that I have discovered to the full over this past month of daily posts. It's not clear what I will do from now on with all the thoughts that bubble up each morning untransmitted; nothing, I suppose.  I am grateful, at any rate, for having had this outlet for a time, and I hope it's been interesting to you out there too.  

I guess that's all, folks.  Have a good Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2012 5:22 AM |
I have been writing these blog entries for a week now--seven straight days of daily blogging--and I am beginning to feel like Henrietta Stackpole, the lady journalist in Henry James's Portrait of a Lady. Henrietta is a monster (though a rather likable monster, by the end of the novel) because she converts every experience into grist for her journalistic mill; in fact, she seems to accumulate experiences mainly, or even solely, so that she can write about them for her paper. In the same way, I am finding my daily blogging task starting to intrude heavily on the rest of my life, and especially my art-consuming life. I will be sitting in the midst of a concert, or perhaps walking home from another kind of event, already composing blog-appropriate sentences in my mind. The gap between experience and report has narrowed to almost nothing:  I barely have time to have the experience, much less think about it, before it turns itself into a blog.  I imagine this is what daily reviewers go through all the time, but I have never been a daily reviewer, so I find it unnerving.  Still, I plan to persist for the full promised month, and perhaps the task will get easier, or more natural, or else I will so wholly become Henrietta Stackpole that I don't even notice any more.

My other concern is you. Are you out there?  Is anyone reading this?  I know that eventually the bots will be all over these entries, offering comments about how you can acquire cheap real estate in the Bahamas or wipe out your wrinkles with Botox.  But I am talking about real human readers who actually care about the arts.  Is anyone of that description still reading this NAJP blog?  Or am I just broadcasting to thin air?  Let me know, if you care to, and you will earn my eternal gratitude.  (P.S. A friend has just pointed out to me that the Comments function was turned off.  But it is now turned back on, for those of you who wish to make comments--positive, negative, or neutral, all are welcome.)
October 28, 2012 6:18 AM |
Things seem to have been a bit quiet around the NAJP site for the past few months, and I am one of the neglectful bloggers who is responsible for that collective silence. So I thought I would address the situation, at least temporarily, by undertaking to do one full month of blogging every day. I'll start on Monday, October 22, if all goes as planned, and I'll finish on Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving. I'm in New York for that whole month, and I'm scheduled to see and hear lots of things, so I hope there will be material for a brief daily blog. If there isn't, I will try to make something up. It should be an amusing experiment, at any rate, and perhaps it will bring some of my fellow NAJP bloggers back into action at the same time. Or someone else could volunteer to take over from me in November, another person in December, and so on until you are sick of hearing from us...

Anyway, I'm going to give it a try. So please join me here on Monday, October 22 for the start of what I hope will be an interesting journey through various art forms in New York.

October 11, 2012 8:40 AM |


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