Congratulations to Alex Ross, winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship. The honor is very well-deserved.

I wonder if he has 20 bucks I can borrow until payday.


Mauricio Kagel

The Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel, whose music exhibits a very Modern sense of serious play, has died in Germany at the age of 76.

Matthew Guerrieri writes about his former teacher here.


David Foster Wallace.

I don't know what to say.

Fortunately, Daniel Wolf does.

UPDATE: So does Darcy James Argue.

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra: American Celebration

Concert review, Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, 14 Sep 2008.

Also in today's Democrat, a feature by Mark Hinson about an effort to get exposure for Carlisle Floyd's Piano Sonata.