The result might have been boring to the point of nothingness were it not for the exhilarating lightness and unexpected warmness.
I'd suggest Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians as the minimalist music equivalent.
What constitutes "contemporary" art is an interesting question in itself. The big international auction houses now define contemporary art as works made during the past thirty-five years, with earlier pieces designated as "modern."
I've also spent the weekend assimilating the idea of a president from a generation younger than mine. Obama was only born two years after me but I think we are on different sides of a generational divide. Standard generational theory attempts to illustrate. For example, the boomer/prophet archetype emphasizes vision, values, and religion; the gen x/nomad archetype liberty, survival, and honor. I may be, politically at least, pessimistic and skeptical while Gen X is inherently pragmatic out of necessity. So while I match up well with Obama's positions as seen in this political blog quiz, I still don't feel the pull of the candidate, despite his fine speaking skills and his politically savvy approach. It's possible I may have underestimated the man.
I just hope my vote in the February California primary will still have meaning by then, regardless of whatever I end up deciding.
All this political pondering does make me want to pay more attention to composers younger than the silent generation i.e. beyond the usual elders Glass, Reich, and Riley.
- OpenLeft: All of this should render California a key battleground that might very well decide the nomination.
- Right Wing Nut House: I am bereft today. What was once unthinkable has now become slightly more realistic. The odds of Huckaboob getting the nomination are still pretty long. /this is a conservative blog, by the way/
- Lance Mannion: And one of my points here is that Fineman's column is a product of his profession's rejection of self-examination.
- Mick LaSalle: My fear with Obama is that he gets elected president as an inspirational abstraction and as soon as he tries to do something concrete, he finds himself with no mandate and with an alienated public.
- MyDD: Every eighty years a "Civic" generation, like the GI Generation and now the Millennials, comes along with a determination to use their size and their facility with communication technology to change the political culture of America.
- Andrew Sullivan: And Edwards' siding with Obama against Clinton was a pivotal moment in the generational transfer of power in the Democratic Party.