The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Phong Bui, the Brooklyn Rail staff, and my peers have been running a daily New Social Environment for the past several weeks. These are Zoom-based lunchtime gatherings that have a host and a guest talking about art, writing, what the fuck is going on, everything. They are free to join for each and all, and at the end there’s a Q&A session involving the audience.

April 9 I hosted a session, talking with flutist Adam Walker about his experience of playing a live concert in a room closed off from the audience, and also what it’s like for him as a performer when there’s no chance of playing with anyone. Check it out below, and keep track of what’s going on at the Rail.

“Anyone who can write with insight and authority about Alas No Axis, Sonic Youth, Elvis Costello…Missy Mazzoli and William Britelle, and…Mahler…is okay in my book.”

Darcy James Argue

“A reputable music blog.”

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