In this issue:
"Occupational Hazards", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Wall Street protestors and what lies ahead.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"History Lesson", by Ian Frazier: Clayton Patterson and Occupy Wall Street’s lineage.
"Turnpike", by Alec Wilkinson: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on tour.
"Shelf Life", by James Wood: What do our libraries say about us?
"The Natural", by John Lahr: A Broadway star is born.
"Her Way", by D. T. Max: Helene Grimaud’s resolute musicianship.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Home Movies", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Tower Heist and Melancholia.
The analysis of the career of Hélène Grimaud really stuck out and gave me a thrilling insight into the subtle ripples in the classical world that some feel as tidal waves to some. Conservative musicians fascinate me and their religious instincts and guarded observance of their masters' works are amusing and at times worrying. Artists like Hélène Grimaud could bridge the gap for younger generations to explore the rich history of Western classical music and see the exciting creative opportunities inside an (at times) tightly wound musical framework.