2008 Barack Obama and Alex Ross. When Worlds Collide. In Seattle.
posted by January 20 at 12:46 PMon
There’s a post and comment up on Counter Critic that dares to criticize teacher’s pet Alex Ross by way of critiquing Barack Obama by way of critiquing an upcoming program at Seattle’s own On the Boards.
The common thread between Obama and Ross that’s anathema to the rabble at Counter Critic? Unity. They think unity of styles is bad for innovation in art music. It’s kind of an identity politics rave up about art theory.
I do dig when zeitgeist politics (Obama) and zeitgeist shit in arts scholarship (Ross) collide. And in Seattle no less.
…both Ross and Obama seem to like to gloss on the future, saying stuff that sounds really great but is also woefully inadequate, unspecific and, in the end, inarticulate. It’s hard to refute this kind of discourse without sounding cynical, defeated, dated or worse. Indeed, both seem to be laying a rhetorical trap. Who wouldn’t want “one vast continent” of peaceful people living in harmony, listening to lots of new music and solving America’s problems together?