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February 23, 2009


Lisa Hirsch

I don't believe for a second that the Amazon wishlist belongs to Paul Krugman, Ph.D., Nobel laureate.

And I'm so happy someone other than Elaine Fine mentioned Alex Ross's neglect of women composers in The Rest is Noise.

Daniel Wolf

I don't have a problem with the particular absences or over-emphases in Ross's book, but I do have a serious objection to the marketing and reviews which treat it as an authoritative history. It is one of countless possible narratives and Ross himself never advertises it as anything but a personal narrative. The same could, and ought, to be said about the two 20th century volumes in Taruskin's Oxford History, which is also a book with a strong narrative and a clear, if often parochial, viewpoint.

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