Curating The Week: On Editing, Sound And Brain Evolution, And Classical Music As Tonic


1. Another essential article by John McPhee about editing and cutting material.

“The creativity lies in what you choose to write about, how you go about doing it, the arrangement through which you present things, the skill and the touch with which you describe people and succeed in developing them as characters, the rhythms of your prose, the integrity of the composition, the anatomy of the piece (does it get up and walk around on its own?), the extent to which you see and tell the story that exists in your material, and so forth. Creative nonfiction is not making something up but making the most of what you have.”

2. An article about how sound has shaped the evolution of the human brain.

“The brain is really a wet, sloppy drum machine,” Horowitz says. “It’s desperately seeking rhythms. Not only rhythm, but patterns in pitch too, that have a mathematical regularity that captures the brain’s attention.”

3. An article about how classical music can be a tonic for an increasingly wired society.

“A painting, like a symphony, has design and composition. But the structure of a painting hits you at once; the structure of a symphony unfolds over time: You must give yourself over to it.”

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