Tag Archive for ‘raps & reviews’
Double Concerto by W. A. Mozart, Compositions by Gulda and Corea (Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda; Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Harnoncourt)
Vinyl, freshly acquired.
Wait—June 8, 2012? It must be a cruel joke!
Es gibt bestimmt eine einfache Erklärung — aber möglicherweise nicht die spontan naheliegende.
You Wouldn’t Buy Booze from the Mob—You Shouldn’t Buy Music from RIAA members.
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.
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 (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.
This is a very atmospheric, visually powerful movie. Too bad it has no story whatsoever.
A superficial train ride through the human genome that is neither satisfying nor well written or even cleverly organized. At least, it’s popular.
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 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. Kraus is Interesting, entertaining, and funny, but digresses a little bit too often and too long into general physics.
A treasure of excerpts in Richard Dawkins’s The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, many of which make you instantly crave for more.
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 is Lee Smolin’s first popular science book, fascinating one in so many ways, from his fecund universes theory to philosophy of science.
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.
Among the “Four Horsemen,” Christopher Hitchens is the most rhetorically gifted, and so is his brilliant God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.