News and General Efforts

Events and things I’m trying to learn.

Heavy Metal, Classical Guitar, and Dig That Swinging Lute

I posted last month about Ronn McFarlane, the lutenist who was teaching a virtual master class for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society on February 28. (The class was great, by the way—a whirlwind history of the development of the instrument, the tablatures used for notating its music, and the evolving methods of playing it.) On … Continue reading Heavy Metal, Classical Guitar, and Dig That Swinging Lute

How the Funniest Footnote I’ve Read So Far in 2021 Made Me Hunt Down a Copy of The Book of Lists #2

I just finished John Julius Norwich’s Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History.⁠[1] It traces Sicily’s recurring role in bearing the brunt of other regions’ conflicts, usually in the form of repeated invasions by and struggles for precedence between far-flung rulers. Norwich shows a healthy appetite for the absurd elements in the accounts, lingering … Continue reading How the Funniest Footnote I’ve Read So Far in 2021 Made Me Hunt Down a Copy of The Book of Lists #2

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