Al Filreis

athematic informal music

A little more on modernist pedagogy.

I've pointed out here before, in various entries, that the irony of the lecture on modernism has become increasingly obvious and disabling. The problem will be to define or at least describe an alternative.

Rock & the Right redux

"To argue against rock and roll is now as quaintly irrelevant as arguing for the divine right of kings."

each little phrase a sub-property (Mailer 2.0)

Earlier I mentioned how dazzled I was when I re-read Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago. I'm still dazzled. I love the way his figures (windy, awkward conceits) run amok. Here's one...about styles of speechifying: