Portrait of the blogger as a young man
Alex Ross has a piece on The New Yorker website titled Worst College Essays 1989 in which he exhumes one of his early and less memorable literary efforts and invites other bloggers to contribute similar justly neglected masterpieces from the "dustiest corners of their hard drives". Never one to resist a challenge I dug out the literary sin of youth seen above which appeared in the October 1974 edition of Hi-Fi News and Record Review. Fortunately it dates from the time when a hard drive was the journey from London to Aldeburgh, which means there is no text file and readers are therefore spared an extract. But the heading 'Quad-wrangle in perspectice - a discourse on the importance of directionality in live and recorded music' says it all. In his exquisitely turned piece Alex recounts how "Later, we rediscovered the virtue of a simple sentence". As my readers will know, I am still searching.
* Eagle-eyed Wagnerians will recognise the photo. It is the Schalldeckel in the Bayreuth Festpielhaus. This acoustic shield blends the orchestral sound and hides the musicians from view, creating Wagner's 'invisible orchestra'. And talking of Wagner and eagles...
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