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1. The Cabinet
A thumb drive is abandoned at Starbuck’s; parables, lectures, a street sermon and e-mails, echoes of Kierkegaard’s “Either” from his Either/Or.
Susan Boyle transfigures Simon Cowell
Serrano’s famous photograph is attacked by vandals. So what?
The ruin of “sacred” music.
A book review, pleading for little humility.
6. In Memory
Solzhenitsyn is dead.
Messiaen’s St. Francis is reviewed in San Francisco (it’s fantastic!)
Why Classical Music Still Matters is reviewed (answer: it doesn’t, or at least doesn’t very much).
Hitler’s favorite painting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and paying for something you very much don’t want to get.
Messiaen’s radient peace at the end of the world.
11. Christian Time
Making clear America’s religious calendar.
Why Handel’s Messiah is still the most important piece of music in America.