but, actually there is apparently one West Coast CDer who does because I'm still waiting for that most mandatory of critical approaches to poetry, the physics analysis-- you know, hair pin friction coefficients, stray hair vector arc-tangents, ballet bun centrifugal moment arms, etc...
I hope you weren't referring to me! I probably feel asleep before you all posted. Besides, I'm still completely mystified at how women with long hair can keep their bun together with one deftly placed chopstick, so until someone writes a book about it, I'll stick to cars
Just to stay somewhat on-topic: the Joseph book, Stravinsky and Balanchine, Journey of Invention, is very good, and not at all as technical as I thought it would be. There are a few sections that do take a bit of music theory to get through, but it's few and far between. It's best to think of the book as a chronicle of Stravinsky's and Balanchine's lives using their collaborative works as signposts. The origins, construction, and first performances of the works are discussed, intertwined with and connected to events in their personal and professional lives. The author references an amazingly wide and eclectic, but sometimes gratuitous, range of books to make his points (Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, anyone?).
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