Friday, January 21, 2011

Lists and the people who love them, part deux

I couldn't have timed this better if I were actually in control of what comes over the news wires into my little cyber-space. Here's a list from Anthony Tommasini, classical music critic of the New York Times, of his picks for the ten greatest (dead) classical composers.

As might be expected, all the usual suspects are there. As also might be expected, there are no female composers listed or even discussed. Making lists like this is so reductive as to be a pretty pointless exercise, imo. And yet we continue to make these lists, and people continue to read them and talk about them. So they must serve some purpose. Anyone care to discuss?

I am majorly procrastinating making my own list of music for this week's Yiddish Hour, which is going to be an all-classical extravaganza featuring interviews with composer David Schiff and Linda Magee, Executive Director of Chamber Music Northwest; I'll be playing music from Chamber Music Northwest's upcoming Feb. 2 concert and I'll be talking to Schiff about the world premiere of his newest work, Borscht Belt Follies. Tune in here on Sunday 1/23 at 10am PST; just click on the "listen now" button. Or if you're in Portland, you can listen to us on the air at 90.7fm.

But about those amongst yourselves (and leave me a comment too; I really wanna know)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The 50 Most Powerful People in Food

Lists and the people who love to make them. What does it mean to be on this list, or not on it? Discuss.

Also, should Steve Jobs (yes, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple) be on it, just because his company is named after a fruit? Actually, he was chosen for other reasons. Check them out here.

Better food is coming to a college campus near you

Check this out.