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My Year in Music, 2012

2012 for me was, first and foremost, the year of Spotify. Having access to Spotify dramatically changed both the quantity and the range of music I listened to. I went through, at various points in the year, a jazz phase (lots of Anthony Braxton, Miles Davis, Jason Adesiewicz, and Colin Stetson, among others), an Early …

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Recommendations for December 20, 2012

Nearing the last set of recommendations for the year. In the next couple of weeks, I will talk a bit about the year, and what I would like to do with this blog in the next few months. For now, though, here’s some more stuff to read and look at. List: Longreads Best of 2012 …

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Recommendations for December 11, 2012

Last week, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died at the age of 104. That is a pretty good run by any standard, and in addition to his longevity Niemeyer was an important exponent of a less puritanical version of modern architecture. At the same time, the city of Brasilia, whose public buildings he designed, is …

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Recommendations for December 4, 2012

A small crop this week, as things have been crazy and, in any case, end-of-year list season is beginning, and that means there will be much to write about in the next few weeks. Article: “The Professor: Jill Lepore’s Fatal Flaw” by Rachel Shteir http://www.tnr.com/book/review/jill-lepore-new-yorker-story-america-poe-jefferson-nathaniel-philbrick-ron-chernow I am recommending this primarily as a kind of self-corrective. …

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