Obama in Shanghai / 奥巴马在上海,第一

Finally, a story worth reading about Obama’s trip to China. And for the record, it’s normal for top university students to be a members of the Communist Youth League, or 青年团.  Does anyone have an idea of how hard it is to get a job for college graduates in China today?  Membership in the Youth League can often help with employment, getting recommendations, etc.  It’s … Continue reading Obama in Shanghai / 奥巴马在上海,第一

Cellistic Saint Saens Part Three

As part of my ongoing series on the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, I should like to present the following footage from YouTube of a talented young man playing the concerto’s last movement rather stoically, but expressively, along with a canned electronic, “Music Minus One” version of the piano part. It seems that nineteenth-century French romanticism, in its cellistic form, is alive and growing in an unknown … Continue reading Cellistic Saint Saens Part Three

Dispensible Blog

Today this blog is dispensible; only of use for its archive.  Profundities can’t be searched for, only found. However, working in this unmockable space yesterday afternoon, I did manage to get another article submitted to a good journal.  Another 14,400 words are now in the tank of peer review. Ai Weiwei likens the completion of a writing or architectural project to committing murder.   “I move … Continue reading Dispensible Blog