An Editorial Debate

by Jonathan Hust and Clifton Smith

This exchange took place between our contributor Jonathan Hust and co-editor Clifton Smith. It concerns Jonathan’s addition of a “Current Must-Hear Shortlist” to his Review of Autumn of the Seraphs, also featured in this issue. The list includes five additional albums and a numeric rating; it prompted the following editorial debate. Continue reading An Editorial Debate

Song Analysis Correspondence (Part Two)

by Jonathan Hust and Clifton Smith

This is the second part of an ongoing correspondence.


Why should we bother with all of this song scrutiny? What possible good could all of this extra thinking amount to? Isn’t it enough to like whatever we like as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody?
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The Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña

by Rick Engelmann

Entrada from the Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña

My wife Sally and I are Spanish language students in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and have been here since the first of July, 2007. I do not pretend great wisdom, or extraordinary insight. On the contrary, I am living the wonderfully relaxed life of a full-time student, soon to be thrust back into the “real world.” Continue reading The Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña

The Logic of Mass

by Chris Livesay

1. Cornelia Parker, Mass (Colder Darker Matter) (1997)
Mass (Colder Darker Matter)
Cornelia Parker

The word “mass” elicits a host of images.  A mass of people just ran into the breezeway to escape the monsoon showers outside the building I type in.  Scores of people across the world are certain to be celebrating the Mass at this moment, in churches both tiny and massive in size.  Most fundamentally, there is mass in its scientific context, i.e. mass as the sum total of matter present in an object.   In all of these senses, Cornelia Parker’s Mass (Colder Darker Matter) acts as a perceptual and conceptual metaphor.

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