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O dulcis amor

O dulcis amor: Female Composers from the Late Renaissance/Early Baroque (La Villanella Basel)

First listen.

W. A. Mozart: Double Concerto; F. Gulda, Chick Corea: Compositions

Double Concerto by W. A. Mozart, Compositions by Gulda and Corea (Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda; Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Harnoncourt)

Vinyl, freshly acquired.

Supertramp: Breakfast in America

Breakfast in America by Supertramp (1979)

Vinyl, re-acquired.

Mozart Complete Songs

Complete Songs by W. A. Mozart (Ziesak, Odinius; Eisenlohr; Lorch)

First listen.

the one and twenty

The Search for Our Beginning Could Lead to Our End: First Prometheus Teaser Poster

Wait—June 8, 2012? It must be a cruel joke!

Griseri und Schätzing

Buchcovergestaltung: Zwei Welten, ein Gedanke?

Es gibt bestimmt eine einfache Erklärung — aber möglicherweise nicht die spontan naheliegende.

the one and twenty

Strangle, Obstruct, Sue: The State of Music Today

You Wouldn’t Buy Booze from the Mob—You Shouldn’t Buy Music from RIAA members.

collateral tales

Sunday Question: Which Science Fiction Novels and Story Collections Had the Greatest Impact on You?

Most people I know who read sf read it in their formative years. Also, there’s no law that this period of “formative years” can’t be extended forever.

Der Schwarm von Frank Schätzing

Der Schwarm von Frank Schätzing

Ein Lektorat findet nicht statt: Frank Schätzings Der Schwarm als die Bild-Zeitung des deutschen Genre-Romans.

Concerto Grosso No.2/Symphony No.6 by Alfred Schnittke

Concerto grosso No.2 & Symphony No.6 by Alfred Schnittke (Tatiana Grindenko, Alexander Ivashkin; Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky)

The second Concerto grosso isn’t a comical piece at all. It’s a blade, it deconstructs, it hurts, it makes you bleed, with its swiftness and its lightness.

The Road by John Hillcoat

The Road by John Hillcoat

This is a very atmospheric, visually powerful movie. Too bad it has no story whatsoever.

Genome by Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

A superficial train ride through the human genome that is neither satisfying nor well written or even cleverly organized. At least, it’s popular.

Kafka on the Shore at LibraryThing

Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki

Murakami Haruki’s Kafka on the Shore is a gripping read, but it has more than it’s fair share of weaknesses.

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson and other Moomintroll books are among my most beloved childhood books. They’re well written and resist the urge to explain.

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Kraus is Interesting, entertaining, and funny, but digresses a little bit too often and too long into general physics.

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing by Richard Dawkins,

The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing by Richard Dawkins, Ed.

A treasure of excerpts in Richard Dawkins’s The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, many of which make you instantly crave for more.

Lilac Day by Leonid Fedorov

Lilac Day by Leonid Fedorov

Leonid Fedorov’s Lilac Day is an incredible album that reminds me of Neil Young’s sound track for Jarmusch’s Dead Man, Alfred Schnittke, and tunes from Yiddishe folk songs

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

The Life of the Cosmos is Lee Smolin’s first popular science book, fascinating one in so many ways, from his fecund universes theory to philosophy of science.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Everybody seems to applaud John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War for great SF, but I found it predictable, manipulative, unimaginative, clichéd. A mediocre popcorn novel.

God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

Among the “Four Horsemen,” Christopher Hitchens is the most rhetorically gifted, and so is his brilliant God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.