Gay life

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, I’ve assembled some of my writing on gay topics and figures, going back to the first piece I wrote for The New Yorker, in 1993. The photo is from my marriage… … … moreGay life

Salieri footnotes

Salieri’s Revenge. The New Yorker, June 3, 2019. I first had the idea for writing an article about Salieri back in 2012, when, while researching my lecture on “Black Wagnerism,” I came across the libretto of Salieri’s final opera, Die… … … moreSalieri footnotes

Linda Catlin Smith

The new issue of musicworks, which some kind person sends me regularly from Toronto, has an evocative profile, by Monica Pearce, of the American-Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith, whose spare, crystalline music has found an international following in recent years,… … … moreLinda Catlin Smith


Andrew Patner, A Portrait in Four Movements: The Chicago Symphony under Barenboim, Boulez, Haitink, and Muti, ed. Doug Shadle and John Schmidt (University of Chicago Press) Michael P. Steinberg, The Problem with Wagner (University of Chicago Press) Timo Jouko Herrmann,… … … moreBookshelf

Andrew, David

In the space of ten days in February, 2015, I lost two beloved friends: the music critic and radio host Andrew Patner and the journalist David Carr. I don’t think of them as necessarily similar in personality — each was… … … moreAndrew, David

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