View From the West: New Hope for the Pulitzer

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I recall reading a brief but powerful and insightful article by Kyle Gann titled “Pulitzer Hacks” in the July 30, 1991 issue of The Village Voice. In it, he quite rightly savaged the institution known as the Pulitzer (pronounced, by the way, PULL-it-zer, not PYU-lit-zer) Prize as a “Reward for […]

View From the East: Noise for Whole Ears

Greg Sandow In “Girl from the North Country,” the second track on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (his second album), there’s an arresting moment. The song’s about to end, and Dylan, playing guitar and putting his harmonica to his mouth, squeezes out a high B flat and holds it over two chords it doesn’t go with […]

Victoria Bond remembers Harry Partch

I met Harry Partch when I was cast to sing a role in his opera Delusion of the Fury. The performances were held at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA, and singers and instrumentalists were in the pit, though visible from the audience. Dancers and actors were above us on the stage. I was […]