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Tuesday, July 06, 2004


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Jessica Duchen picks up the never-ending thread (from AC Douglas, via Alex Ross), and makes some interesting points. Go and read them for yourself.

However, to bring things down to earth a little, it was this sentence that drew my attention:

"playground bullies will punch any musical kid to pieces for being what used to be called 'cissy' (is it still? dunno) and tell them that classical music isn't cool."

Ah, but the flipside is that good looking girls play the flute, and really cool girls play brass. The Rambler's top tip to any aspiring school musician? Learn the oboe ;-)

Forgive a moment of schmaltz - I'm still a newly wed, y'know! - but there are other ways culture helps you meet someone. When I first met milady, we spent loads of time swapping books and CDs back and forth (still do, although now they're all under the same roof). To mark the occasion, I took the first books of our courtship on honeymoon. I lent her Hopscotch, and in return got The New York Trilogy and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. If you've not read it yet, the first of these is the most spectacular book. It keeps flitting in and out of print, but is well worth tracking down. Introducing milady to Cortázar turned out to be a pretty wise move. For my part, when she roared with laughter after hearing the virtually pornographic climax of Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie I knew I was onto a good thing.

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