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The Rest Is Noise by Alex  Ross
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Dec 15, 2007

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

Not sure what this book ultimately is - it's neither truly educational nor openly personal in approach. It's somewhere loose and in-between - like a series of magazine articles that each aims simply to be interesting more than anything else, often via flourishes that don't necessarily add up to anything, tasteful though they may be. That said, it's always intelligent and I enjoyed reading it. The outline of the chapters sketches a framework for thinking about 20th century music that's more reasonable than most, and I'm glad to have taken it in. I'm pleased that this is out there selling well and getting read, though I'm a little surprised; it was hard for me to imagine anyone who wasn't already somewhat versed in this stuff making it through the second half with real interest.
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message 1: by Liz (new) - added it

Liz haha! we are both reading this, albeit i am doing so at a snail's pace. did you know it was rated one of the year's 10 best by NYT book review? we are cool.

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