Monday, January 28, 2008

"The melody was above all very stable, neither joyful or melancholy; instead, it seemed to be the essence of knowledge itself, the gold of truth, constant behind our stormy extremes as the sun is behind the clouds." - James Wood on Beethoven 109, from The Book Against God, 2003

I think, unintentionally, this expresses exactly why I usually find classical music so boring.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

"The personal drama of Fitzgerald's failure promises to outlive his few successful novels." - What Has Happened To The American Novel by Diana Trilling, Harpers, May 1944.

He really was the Amy Winehouse of his day.