• Best Books of 2018


    As always this is a list of books that I read this year and includes recently published books as well as classics.

  • LCD Soundsystem: Oh Baby


    Enjoyed this music video directed by Rian Johnson. The ending is sad, but also quite clever.

  • Further Reading


    How to be an artist. Some of Earth’s first animals are spilling out of Canadian rocks. Spider silk is five times stronger than steel. Humpback whale songs undergo a ‘cultural revolution’ every few years. The insect apocalypse. On the life and work of René Girard. Review of four books on the US opioid crisis. (Mis)Understanding Russia’s two hybrid wars. Global warming will happen faster than we think. Greenland is losing ice at fastest rate in 350 years. And more.

  • Gyorgy Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre


    Superb performance of György Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre by the formidable Barbara Hannigan and the Gothenburg Symphony.

  • Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise


    The Rest Is Noise provides an excellent overview of 20th century classical music. It is also a joy to read. I'm glad that I finally came around to reading it and now wish I had done so earlier.