“Iberia”, by Isaac Albéniz, is a masterpiece for the piano. Composed in 12 pieces that are separated evenly into four books, it takes nearly an hour and a half to perform. “La Fête-Dieu à Seville”, or ‘Corpus Christi in Seville’, ends the first book with an evocation of the that town’s annual festival, including processions and the marchers’ steps fading behind the church bells.
William Tyler’s music belongs to a long history of American guitarplaying, yet as the video for his “Portrait of Sarah” hints, this tradition may be more of an ideal than a reality.
Francisco Pereira’s work is hard to classify. Is it literature, poetry, or art? His book is a permutation of sixteen words, not all of which are unique, and his booth attempts to tell the history of writing in four discrete parts, from scrolls to iPads. But what can be said in sixteen words?
Editor Brian Howton was asked how he felt about the future of the book industry. Though a critic and not a businessman, and having no insight into the economics of publishing, he still has reasons to be confident.
In the International Hall of the Frankfurt Book Fair is the Center for Politics, Literature, and Translation. Lining the walls of that stage are photographs of poets holding handmade signs, an expression of why they do poetry.
A costumed actor from the Gutenberg Museum demonstrates how to make a book and provides the opportunity for a slightly ranging, deranged meditation on the development of the art of bookmaking.
I don’t know enough about Neko Case to sell her on hype. One YouTube commenter raved ‘She doesn’t write songs, she writes life!’ That’s quite a statement. I don’t know about that. But I do know this song is awesome. And it has one of the best choruses ever. Check it out. “Night Still Comes” from her album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
The dogs on main street howl ’cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister I ain’t a boy, no I’m a man
And I believe in a promised land
Will Self’s arguments for pessimism in New Statesman are less convincing than they are persuasive. Built from a sum of personal reflection, experience, and received wisdom, they amount to a best practice guide for how to live a life.
Stephin Merritt is an unstoppable music machine. In addition to his wellknown work with The Magnetic Field he has several sideprojects, one of which, Future Bible Heroes, has just released a new album, Partygoin’.