Keeping the Canon

The older I get, the more I want to share the joys of “the canon” and liberal arts in general. Every generation feels that its world is slipping into the morass of public, but our Amazon reviews and Buzzfeed listicles don’t make me feel any more assured that we’re not… Although serious writers continue to … Continue reading Keeping the Canon

New Album with Old Music

Looks like a beautiful collection of ancient Mesopotamian poetry set to the original lyrics (relatively, of course) with close-to-original instruments. I’ve always wondered what the Hymn to Nikkal (the world’s oldest song that we’ve recovered) might have sounded like. Of course, we don’t really know what ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian, or even Attic Greek really … Continue reading New Album with Old Music

Who Is Paul McCartney?

I hope that many of these tweets are people just trolling us old folks… Kanye West’s emotionally charged new single, “Only,” is dedicated to his late mother and 18-month-old daughter. It’s become an instant hit, with a little help from another musical genius, Paul McCartney, on keyboards. Based on their tweets, it appears that some … Continue reading Who Is Paul McCartney?