Malcolm Gladwell on Paul Simon

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Malcolm Gladwell is creating an exclusive audiobook from interviews with Paul Simon. It’s called “Miracle and Wonder.” And I have to admit I am pretty excited about this. Paul Simon’s talent In my opinion, Paul Simon is the foremost poet of the Twentieth Century. His ability to connect melody, rhyme, and meaning is without parallel. … Continued

Reflections on the inauspicious debut of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the greatest single piece of music humanity has ever produced. I was, however, surprised to learn that this epochal work, rather than bursting successfully onto the world’s consciousness, had a problematic and stumbling debut and took years to be recognized. There is surely a lesson here for anyone attempting to create. … Continued