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When I first started playing the violin in the fourth grade, my parents went violin crazy. If there was someone playing violin on a TV show or in a commercial, they immediately called for me to come see or listen to it. My mom would record episodes of shows for me to watch later because…

1. We Ran Out Of Cool, New Stuff After NASA’s high-quality run-in with Pluto last week, there are no more planets (dwarf or otherwise) that anyone really cares enough about to see. Unless Eris is guaranteed to have a Bay of LeBron James or Dumbledore Mountain, then what’s the point? But our disappoint doesn’t end…

Editor’s note: We recommend you play the below audio recording while reading this article. John Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” performed by Edo De Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1986 And I Believe That Composer John Adams’ piece “Christian Zeal and Activity,” first recorded in 1973, stands in the middle of all of…

I find it no small irony that, as I write this on a Turkish jet on my way to Berlin, I am writing an elegy for the passage of one of the last institutions of American air culture, one that has now slid into bankruptcy.  In an age where the amenities of air flight are disappearing…

1. As we were walking home one afternoon after a dispiriting apartment viewing in Neukölln, my wife paused next to an undistinguished block of pigeon-gray flats. “There’s a giant airplane hanging in that window,” she said, and pointed to the disused brewery across the street. She was right. It was a big yellow plane, hung…