Fitter, Happier, More Productive…[really!]

Upon turning in my thesis, I will have earned two degrees in music composition. Even a month ago, the prospect continuing on towards a doctorate (which many refer to as the “terminal degree”-morbid isn’t it?) and then entering a saturated job market was terrifying.  What I was failing to realize was that winning a job … Continue reading

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10 Favorite Books

Recently, I was asked to list 10 books that have left an impression on me. Many of the writers in the list are connected through common interests and influences. Rushdie, Eco, and Calvino were all influenced by Borges and are magical realists. Some have concerned their writings with expressing moral and social issues. They have not been afraid to … Continue reading

Uqbar: Confessions Part II (of II)

The first Uqbar post was written in an earnest tone. Now, I will confess: Uqbar is a fiction. Literature is one of my main nonmusical influences. The foundation of my approach to musical form is rooted books like Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse V (look for a post on Vonnegut and form coming soon). It was Jorge Luis Borges who initiated my fascination with … Continue reading