Monthly Archives: June 2012

In defence of white bread

To call something “white bread” is the ultimate cultural put-down. Most of us have done it at some point, I imagine, yet author and academic Aaron Bobrow-Strain says we’re wrong. According to him, the invention of white bread (the food, … Continue reading

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The voice

Just heard that the great Concha Buika is playing an open-air show at Somerset House next month. Part of the River of Music festival. As long as they don’t go crazy with the amplification — a problem there in the past … Continue reading

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The way we think now

Can you be too clever? The Economist’s Prospero blog interviews Satoshi Kanazawa about his book “The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn’t Always the Smart One”: General intelligence is very important in modern life because our environment is almost entirely … Continue reading

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A presidential plug

David Frum’s new novel gets an endorsement from the White House. Well, almost.

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Round ball, crooked game

Much as I loathe the FA, the men-in-suits are paragons of virtue compared with the apparatchiks in charge of football in China. Corruption is rife.  Evan Osno’s dispatch in The New Yorker is a must-read: In the most senior convictions … Continue reading

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Tom Selleck’s moustache

Very, very clever. Film buff and stand-up comedian Richard Sandling puts an uncool accessory to very clever use. I caught Sandling’s regular gig at Leicester Square Theatre a while ago. Inspired, unashamedly geeky  humour.

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Glenn Gould’s joanna

Oh no, yet another Twitter thread that’s going to become a daily addiction….                 #glenngouldpiano

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Who created Psycho?

That’s the film, not the footballer. The death of movie critic Andrew Sarris, champion of auteur theory, prompts these thoughts from the omniverous musician-cum-blogger Ethan Iverson: Of course I have no problem canonizing Hitchcock! But to this day, most people don’t … Continue reading

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Maudlin

I took the daughter of an American friend to Oxford to give her a quick tour of the sights. We enjoyed ourselves, but the old claustrophobia still set in after a couple of hours. Even though it’s exactly thirty years … Continue reading

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How to make musicians

Awaiting the return of Dudamel & Co, Jessica Duchen wonders why music education in this country has to be such a grind: Maybe it’s no wonder that many successful British professional musicians of my acquaintance never went through the graded exam system … Continue reading

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