Inflections or Innuendos

Last Monday evening I attended a screening of Die Stille Hören (Hearing the Silence), a documentary about the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado's time as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. After a rather dull day, this film was just what  I needed. It is not a great documentary as it lacks a narrative arc connecting…

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Musical Musings

It is an accepted practice that musicians bow at the end of a performance. The bow is at once an acknowledgement of the audience's appreciation (which transforms those applauding into the performers during this post-performance interaction) as well as a reinforcement of the gift just given to the audience in the form of the music…

A Good Day to Get Sick

They say there is never a good time to break up with someone. It's going to be unpleasant and disruptive at best and traumatic and life-altering at worst. At least with break ups, the initiator can choose when they want to do it. Now, this doesn't always mean they will choose the best time, but…

Proper Table Manners

This fun little op-ed from the NYTimes talks about the use of the phrase "Bon appétit" before a meal. The author's french wife disdainfully scolds him for using it, saying that it reflects on his improper upbringing. Alongside his humorous response, he notes that it is never advisable to argue French language with a native…