Category: Miscellaneous

Creative imprint

Recently I noticed that I first “met” with all of the following BESTs at age 14 or 15 years: The most beautiful piece of music I’ve ever played: Pavel Chesnokov‘s “Salvation Is Created”  (high-school summer camp concert band, I played bassoon) The most beautiful piece of music I’ve ever sung: Gregorio Allegri‘s “Miserere mei” (church

Part of whose world?

My daughter discovered Disney princesses around age 3. I had known to expect this. I read Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter a year in advance. My daughter eased us into princesses: she went through an intense Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phase 6 months earlier. (I told her recently how an insect or crab is

The Indigo Pheasant

Posted here upon request from Daniel: Daniel A. Rabuzzi (’80, Folk & Myth major, Quincy House) announces that ChiZine/CZP (Toronto) has just published his second fantasy novel, The Indigo Pheasant, sequel to The Choir Boats (2009, also by CZP). Locus selected it as one of their “New & Notable Books” in November. Reviewers described the

My errors

I owe Elisabeth a massive apology for some poorly considered writing of mine last winter. I’m really sorry: it was thoughtless of me not to ask you directly first. A standard apology probably would have sufficed had I given it when it came due, but that was seven months ago. And culpability, like Rumour, grows

One small step …

Oh, my. I no longer believe I die before Gattaca. This is frightening. The NYTimes article where I encountered this news has estimates from the study team that the technology could be available in as little as 3-5 years: whole-genome sequencing of a fetus based on only a maternal blood sample and a paternal saliva