Thursday, March 23, 2006

Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 847 — Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No 2

Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 847 — Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude No. 2 in C minorperformed by amateur pianist (keep in mind!) Ryan Morrison at Wakeijuku 和敬塾 in Tokyo, to an empty hall.

The Anti-intellectual Enviroment at Ivy League Schools

This just in from Mabel of Dublin:
Dear Friends,

This isn't really related to anything, but I thought you might be interested in this very moving article that I came across today. It's written by William Deresiewicz, professor of English at Yale, who is retiring this year, and is about the anti-intellectual environment of Ivy League schools.

I was just wondering if you had heard of him, and if you agree with his characterization. Having never been to an elite university, I'm in no position to judge whether his depiction is accurate. But if it is true, it helps me to get over my complex about never having attended an Ivy league school.

I know you're busy, so don't worry about responding. I'll see you on Thursday at the defense.

Mabel of Dublin

re: Ishikawa Jun article

Dear editor,

Thanks for the response, and for forgiving the article's sexinessless.

To be honest, I'm not really sure what exactly it was that Ishikawa found so "modern" about the Tang poets. I have a general idea, but since I'm still in the beginning stages of this research project, I don't want to make any conjectures that turn out to be wrong. And since my knowledge of Tang poetry is next to nil, I'd rather avoid any general explanation (I thought the hyperlink to wikipedia might serve as a substitute). Besides, the important point about this Tang dynasty- Tenmei kyoka poets- Ishikawa Jun modernism connection is that "the modern" is seen by Ishikawa as an attribute that is temperamental and not temporal/historical. There really isn't any need (at this point, at least) to go into detail about Tang poetry.

If there are any changes you'd like to make, feel free to do so.