Books and Music This Week

Some blogs are “day books” wherein the author posts a diary type of entry. I thought I’d try that style of post. People sometimes ask me what books I am reading and what music I am listening to, so I thought I’d share some books and music that I have encountered this week.

I just finished reading The Stanley Kubrick Archives, edited by Alison Castle. This is
an anthology of essays and images regarding the major movies of Kubrick. I am a big Kubrick fan and I have seen all of his movies going back to the very early works like Fear and Desire and The Killer’s Kiss. This anthology has lots of photos and other archive material from Kubrick’s estate and it was a lot of fun to read.

I am also (re)reading A Theory of Justice by John Rawls as part of a research and writing project I am working on. Also in progress is Los Romeros by Walter Aaron Clack which is a biography of the famous family of classical guitarists. I am also working through Playing With Ease by David Leisner that is helping me with some technical issues in classical guitar technique. And for fun I am reading Ulysses by James Joyce.

Yesterday was a pretty typical day for me in terms of music. I listened to the Saint-Saens’ Violin Concertos, the Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto, the Shubert Piano Trio in E flat Op. 100, and some orchestral tone poems by Richard Strauss including Don Juan (Op. 20), Till Euelenspiegels (Op. 28) and Ein Heldeniegen (Op. 40). I also listened to some Hayden piano trios.

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