Thursday, January 30, 2003

Here's what I'm playing at a student piano recital recital on Sunday. Expect George's blog to have a review.

Sonata, Op. 28 "Pastorale, by L. v. Beethoven. First movement.

Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone by Alexander Scriabin

Here's what I'm watching in the next few days. Might post reviews shortly.

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl aka Macht der Bilder dir. Ray Mueller

Better Off Dead dir. Savage Steve Holland

The Stranger dir. Orson Welles

Easy Rider dir. Dennis Hopper

Man With a Movie Camera dir. Dziga Vertov

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari dir. Robert Wiene

Here's what I'm currently reading. I'll post reviews shortly.

The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent: Selected Essays -- Lionel Trilling, Leon Wieseltier (Editor)

A Company of Readers: Uncollected Writings of W. H. Auden, Jacques Barzun, and Lionel Trilling from the Reader's Subscription and Mid-Century Book Clubs -- Arthur Krystal (Editor)

After the New Criticism by Frank Lentricchia

The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen

Doll's House; The Wild Duck; The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen

Complete Works: One: The Birthday Party/the Room/the Dumb Waiter/a Slight Ache/a Night Out/the Black and White/the Examination by Harold Pinter

Granta 80: The Group: Where Are They Now? Friendships Frozen in Photographs edited by Ian Jack

Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Barnes

The Granta Book of the American Long Story by Richard Ford

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Welcome to the blog of CM, who is often and perhaps justifiably accused of being a pretentious intellectual even though he watches South Park and occasionally listens to his small but treasured collection of music from the Reagan era. The purpose of said blog is not to comment on either South Park or eighties music, however, but to explore intellectual and philosophical issues. Things you generally won't find on this blog:

1. Politics

2. Kitty blog material, i.e. personal rambling

3. Extremely long posts a la Lileks