In remembering the road, Kenan Hebert recalls the lost art of road songs.
A book review on William Gaddis looks at "What is Art worth in an age of indifference".
"In an age of mass marketing, art degenerates into trivial entertainment, and the public is more interested in the artist-as-celebrity than in the art he or she creates. The speaker detects a connection between the increasing complexity of machines and the increasing inanity and coarseness of public taste."
There's a lot more than that in this lucid but strangely disturbing article, including the moral of why it's better to tango.
A member of the target audience dissects the cover letter
accompanying a review copy of the CD.
"In almost any era, the sheer mass of bad or mediocre work tends to dwarf the good or great works. This can lead us to assume that the past was somehow better, since we kept only the best parts and threw out the crap." Why writing about music can be an impossible task.