International Palin Blue

In our contemporary terms, this news is old, but the search for meaning is still fresh. The usual professional ignoramuses have been chattering on about why Sarah Palin is quitting the governership, and that’s what they do – speak first, think never.

I prefer to let things stew a bit, and swap their flavors around, because then the meaning comes when you least expect it. Like tonight, during a phone conversation with a friend. Why did Sarah Palin quit? Because she’s this generation’s Yves Klein.


I’ll try and keep it quiet, though; I just don’t see the GOP nominating a performance artist. Shame, because the one good thing she could do is paint the White House International Klein Blue.


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.