Saturday, May 03, 2014
Secret Recordings, Partial Disclosure, and Double
Larry Elder notes a curious double-standard being applied to Donald Sterling and others by a "confederacy of dunces" from the left:
This "racist" hired an expensive, championship-winning black coach, who happens to be married to a white woman. He pays his black starting point guard $18 million annually. His payroll is the sixth most expensive out of 30 teams. Oh, and the "racist's" girlfriend is a black Latina.Elder also gets us up to speed regarding the full context of the remarks that have landed Sterling in hot water.
If Sterling is unfit to own a team now that he's expressed racial animosity, what about superfan Spike Lee's racial animosity? Should Lee be banned from games? A courtside fixture at Knicks games, Lee once said he dislikes interracial couples: "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street." Should the NBA investigate the suitability of an expressed hater of interracial couples to have such a prominent perch at the Garden?
What about Bill Maher? He is a part-owner of the Mets -- that is when not calling Sarah Palin the "c" word or Michelle Bachman "a dumb t--t," or when not joking about Palin's son Trig, who has Down syndrome. Should MLB investigate his stand-up for foul language?
"A rational approach is needed to counter this [irrational fear of being 'exposed']; specifically, to judge yourself objectively the same way you would a stranger." -- Michael Hurd, in "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Success" at The Delaware Coast Press
"People who worry about things they can't control should ask themselves, 'What form of action is possible for me right now?'" -- Michael Hurd, in "Can Anxiety Be a GOOD Thing?" at The Delaware Wave
My Two Cents
Michael Hurd's advice on overcoming what I believe is also called "impostor syndrome" is deceptively simple-sounding. It can be hard to remember to apply it and hard to do, but it is a crucial skill.
What Orchestral Conductors Do
Via Arts and Letters Daily is an interesting article about the evolution and nature of the conductor's role:
Decades ago, when I was a student at one of the London conservatoires, I discovered just how difficult conducting really is. With the cockiness of youth I reckoned it was something I could add to my portfolio of skills without too much trouble. I signed up for a course, and soon found myself in front of a student orchestra, with a Brahms symphony on the music stand. I gave what I thought was a clear upbeat into the piece, and almost immediately things started to fall apart. The winds raced ahead of the violins, the basses lumbered in their wake. The horns missed an entry, probably because they were laughing. Meanwhile I flailed on. Brahms's carefully contrived texture disintegrated like a ghastly slow-motion car crash.It really gets interesting when the author describes what an experienced conductor can do as against a merely competent one. This he observed first-hand at a masterclass given by Bernard Haitink.