Monthly Archives: May 2011


A few months ago, I drove past the corner of 5th and Pike in the evening and saw something new, a shopfront that flashing by looked like some sort of Babbagesque mechanical computer, brass machinery gridded in glass and lit … Continue reading

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The violin is in some ways a problematic instrument.  I’ve always had mixed feelings about its popularity, the way it displaced its noble and diverse predecessors, the viols, its grasshoppery diva nature, its demand for virtuosity.  I give the violin … Continue reading

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