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The Rabbit Hole of Critical Thinking

Everything seems to be an existential threat nowadays—from racial, gender, economic and political inequalities, to climate change, to the coronavirus pandemic. However, if we have been paying attention to the media recently, there has been a new addition to the list: misinformation, aka “fake news.” Journalists and politicians would have us believe that misinformation has [...]

A Building At Ave Maria Named Paul M. Henkels

It was my first trip to the new city of Ave Maria, some thirty miles northeast of Naples, Florida.  I'd been to Ave Maria University when it was still housed in temporary buildings in Naples proper but had not seen, with my own eyes, the new campus, especially the stunning new oratory that dominates the [...]

Shine On, Mendelssohn

I recently heard a charming quote from novelist Edith Wharton to the effect that there are two roles in life -- either that of a candle or of a mirror. I'm a mirror. Even when I thought I was a candle -- years ago as an actor -- I was really a mirror, trying my [...]

Music and Meaning

    Before starting any reviews this month, I must exercise (or is it exorcise?) my ire. The Economist magazine offered a December cover story, "Why Music?" that requires comment. The piece asks, "What exactly is it for?" Given the article's art work -- drawings of half-naked women emanating from the brain of a rock [...]

Spring Floods

  Spending three of the last four months on American music has meant that I have become derelict in bringing a flood of superb new releases to your attention this spring. I also failed to fulfill my promise to cover other American composers whose works are also part of the good news, like Peter Lieberson, [...]

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