Sunday, April 08, 2007

Ah, But Would YOU Have Stopped That Morning?

This is one of the more interesting stories I've ever read in a weekend newspaper magazine. The New York Times Magazine is all well and good, but you have to read this Washington Post thing about Joshua Bell playing in a subway station. Alienated by not knowing who Joshua Bell is? Good. That's the point.


Blogger nolo said...

Fascinating article!! It provokes a lot of questions, some of which seem obvious (whether most people are self-absorbed philistines, whether music education sucks in the U.S.) and some of which, perhaps, do not. Like why do we think there is something inherently wrong with the fact that people didn't stop? What does this say about the role we expect music (and musicians) of a certain type to play in our lives?

11:02 AM  
Blogger charvakan said...

Gene Weingarten, the author, is mostly a humor writer, and a very good one. But he's written some feature pieces for the Post magazine that are audacious, and might stay with you a long time. He did one on life on an Alaskan island that was downright heartbreaking. The concept started as a lark, but the resulting article focused on teenage suicide as much as anything.

12:10 PM  

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