Monday, September 11, 2006

What have you been reading, listening to, watching?

"Orpheus Says Howdy"
The NYTimes reviews Nashville's new symphony hall that debuted this weekend with ouru own version of red-carpet glitz. I haven't seen/heard the hall yet, but the level of community excitement over a symphonic venue has been impressive and a little bit exciting. Frankly, I'm more disturbed that so much of the music remains old than that the building's decor evokes the past (though they did premiere a new work for the occasion). But in general I can't endorse the basic criticism here, that there is not enough of an homage to the city itself so much as a desire to look like some other city/time/place. The new hall is literally a stone's throw (not that I recommend that) from the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a short walk honky-tonks and the Ryman Auditorium. I think the downtown area has a certain cultural diversity on its own without the need for each structure to convey a uniquely Nashville experience. I would think that just walking to and from the building does enough of that. Criticism of the acoustics and of the symphonyh itself may be warranted - I haven't been there - but both have been pretty universally praised apart from the Times' take.

Looking for Recommendation
Should I watch V for Vendetta? Anyone here seen it?

Path to 9/11
I watched a few minutes at the end. ABC might as well have pulled the plug, since they lost their advertisers and tons of money in the airing. It's a complete smear of Madeleine Albright and Sandy Berger, not to mention Bill Clinton. So is anyone taking it to be the gospel truth? You bet...
The two-part, five-hour ABC special airing Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. on Channels 5 and 6 is compelling and confounding, gripping and disturbing. And it’s all completely true. The program, which gives TV docudramas a good name, is based on the 9/11 Commission Report, which was published in 2004. All the details are documented. All the characters are real; so are the events, unfortunately.
That's the review of the Providence Journal--no kidding..."it's all true...." sheesh. (via talkingpointsmemo)

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